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High-Level Country Representatives To Explore How Climate Change Legislation Can Bolster Climate Finance In The Caribbean

14 de mayo de 2024|Noticias

High-profile Caribbean leaders and decision-makers, including the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, are set to explore how innovative laws can boost climate finance in Caribbean SIDS at the event titled “Climate Change and Environmental Legislation in Support of the Delivery of the New Programme of Action for SIDS”. The initiative is being convened by the Parliamentary Observatory on Climate Change and Just Transition (OPCC), on 29 May 2024 in Antigua and Barbuda, as a side event to the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4).

The OPCC is a network of Latin American and Caribbean parliamentarians and governmental technical officers that aims to bolster the region's environmental and climate change legislation. It promotes cooperation among parliamentarians to achieve sustainable, low-carbon economies and enhanced resilience. National legal frameworks in the Caribbean need to evolve to rapidly address the increasing challenges of climate change. OPCC members benefit from participating in this initiative by accessing and sharing expertise with peers from the region, providing a valuable knowledge resource in the process of drafting legislation that is fit for purpose to ensure a just transition in the Caribbean.

The OPCC currently has the participation of 26 parliamentarians from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, the British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos Islands. For more information, please visit: 

As small island developing States (SIDS) face the brunt of accelerated climate change and climate inaction, the SIDS4 conference seeks to improve partnerships and solutions for island challenges. The OPCC actively promotes partnerships in the region to share best environmental legislative practices, which can support increasing climate finance in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The 2024 SIDS4 conference takes place from 27 to 30 May 2024 in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, gathering country representatives, civil society, academia, and other major non-governmental stakeholders. Besides addressing challenges, delegates will also discuss how to revitalise SIDS economies, strengthen human capital, harness the power of innovative data and digital technologies, and many other opportunities to bolster sustainable development in the SIDS. The official Conference website is available here

Confirmed Caribbean participants include Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley, Premier and Minister of Finance of the British Virgin Islands, Hon. Gwendell Mercelina, Member of the Parliament of Curaçao, Hon. Veronica Dorsette-Hector, Parliamentary Secretary of Montserrat, and Hon. Kerryne Z. James, Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment and Renewable Energy of Grenada. Journalists will be able to engage in the event’s Q&A session and conduct bilateral interviews with speakers. Contact the OPCC media team for interviews and questions before the event.

The most updated provisional programme of the event is available here:




A high-level side event titled Climate Change and Environmental Legislation in Support of the Delivery of the New Programme of Action for SIDS


29 May 2024, 4.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. (AST, local time Antigua and Barbuda)


Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda, American University of Antigua (SIDS4 conference venue, room 9)


Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Government of the British Virgin Islands, the Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the Parliamentary Observatory on Climate Change and Just Transition (OPCC).


All media representatives need to be accredited to participate in the SIDS4 Conference. More information is available on


This event will not be transmitted online.



Jonatas de Paula

Associate Environmental Affairs Officer, ECLAC Caribbean

☎ +1 868 2248057 (office)

☎ +1 868 3912877 (WhatsApp)

Gabriela Oliveira

OPCC Programme Assistant, ECLAC Office in Brazil

☎ +55 61 99270 7337 (WhatsApp)


Juliana de Moraes

OPCC Liaison and Outreach Coordinator, ECLAC

☎ + 1 202 5679338 (WhatsApp)