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Posted: Friday, July 30, 2021. 9:31 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Belize was represented this week at a high-level climate change ministerial meeting held in the United Kingdom.

On the invitation of H.E. Alok Sharma, COP26 President-Designate, Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management Orlando Habet led a delegation to London, England, to participate in the UK July Ministerial on July 25 and 26.

The Belize delegation included H.E. Carlos Fuller, Belize’s chief negotiator for Climate Change and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Dr. Kenrick Williams, CEO in the ministry.

According to the Belize National Climate Change Office Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), the event provided an opportunity for a representative group of ministers to meet in person to discuss their expectations ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26), the shape and substance of the potential outcome, and to provide guidance on outstanding negotiations issues. Discussions were held around five major themes: protecting people and nature from the impacts of climate change (adaptation and loss and damage); cutting emissions to keep 1.5°C within reach; mobilizing finance; finalizing Article 6 in the Paris Rulebook; and inclusive climate action.

“During the two-day session, Minister Habet defended Belize’s position calling for G20 countries to increase ambition and commit to reducing emissions by 50% to be reflected in their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). He stressed the need for concrete action and pledges, rapidly phasing out coal-fired plants, forbidding the funding of new ones and banning all new coal-fired plants to get back on track to keep 1.5°C within reach,” the UNFCCC said.

The UNFCCC also noted that Habet highlighted the need for increased quality, accessible, and unencumbered finance for adaptation to climate change for Small Island Developing States like Belize.

During the visit, Habet also attended meetings of the High Ambition Coalition, the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) and CARICOM to strategize and converge on common positions on the thematic areas to be addressed at the Ministerial and the upcoming COP.

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