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Belize hosts UNFCCC workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean region

By Government Press Office | BELIZE

BELMOPAN, Belize – Representatives from 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries are in Belize from May 16 to 19 at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Cayo for the regional hands-on training workshop organized by the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE), with the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat.

The main objective of the workshop is to raise awareness of national institutions and experts on the reporting provisions under the Paris Agreement, particularly on information related to climate change impacts and adaptation, as well as on information related to averting, minimizing, and addressing loss and damage associated with climate change impacts and support needed and received for adaptation.

After completing the workshop, participants will have comprehensive knowledge of the arrangements for communicating adaptation information under the Convention and the Paris Agreement; understand the concepts of climate change impacts, vulnerability and risks, the steps entailed in conducting impact, vulnerability and risk assessments; enhance the understanding of

approaches to translate the assessment results into priority adaptation actions, and further enhance the understanding of the key provisions and good practices in reporting information on adaptation in the biennial transparency report.

In his keynote address, Orlando Habet, minister of sustainable development, climate change, and disaster risk management, highlighted the need to increase the visibility and profile of adaptation and its balance with mitigation by scaling up adaptation actions and support, including accelerating progress toward the provision of adequate finance for developing countries.

In his welcome remarks, Don Cooper, director for transparency at the UNFCCC secretariat, emphasized that in the earlier stages, countries should work on strengthening their institutional arrangements, building their capacity to implement climate action, and balancing a range of economic, social, and political priorities.

For context, the consultant group of experts, an expert body established under the UNFCCC process, is the main channel for the provision of technical assistance and support to developing country parties in fulfilling their reporting requirements in relation to measurement, reporting, and verification under the convention and the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris

Agreement. This includes facilitating the provision of technical advice and support to developing country parties to prepare their national communications and biennial transparency reports, as well as providing technical advice to the secretariat on the implementation of the training of technical expert review teams.



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