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Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management leads Belize delegation to COP28

Posted: Monday, December 4, 2023. 4:30 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management Orlando Habet has told colleagues at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) that now is the time for collective action on the pathway to clean, resilient action on climate change.

“It has been eight years since the Paris Agreement, and the need for actionable progress toward achieving the 1.5-degree target has never been more pressing. Today’s discussions are not just about dialogue; they are about forging pathways for clean and resilient action, showcasing strategies and tools to bridge these gaps, and fostering a collective commitment to implement permanent and meaningful change,” Habet said in addressing the Cross-Level Governance and Solutions for Global Net-Zero Transition side event co-hosted by Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Minister Habet is joined by Dr Kenrick Williams, CEO of the ministry. Other members of the delegation include CEOs of the Blue Economy, Economic Development and Energy, and technical leads, representing several departments across the Government of Belize. CEO Williams, Belize’s deputy head of delegation, spoke of the imperative initiative for governments and entities at different levels to engage in such effective collaboration. Dr Williams expressively spoke of the important connections among international organizations and local communities, and the essential movement that these diverse stakeholders can collectively address will pave the way toward the achievement of a net-zero future.

The session aims to explore how governments or entities at different levels (from international organizations to local communities) collaborate to address the interdisciplinary policy challenges in the context of the net-zero transition.

Over the next few days, the Belize delegation will be engaging in several side events to promote the actions Belize has taken and challenges in building long-term, low-emission climate-resilient development for Belize. Belize will also engage in several bilateral discussions with multilateral development partners, research institutions, and governments to further areas of collaboration. The minister will serve as ministerial lead for negotiations on Loss and Damage and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement on behalf of CARICOM and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Additionally, Belize will serve as AOSIS technical lead for the Mitigation Work Program and Transparency. Minister Habet will be delivering the national statement on behalf of Belize at the Resumed High-Level Segment scheduled for December 9 and 10.

The COP28 meeting, including the 18th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the 5th Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, runs through December 12.

 

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