J’ca Govt lawmaker calls for partnerships to tackle climate change

As Jamaica celebrates its fifth year of ratifying the Paris Agreement, the Minister without Portfolio of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda, has called for increased partnership between the public sectors and private to deal with the problem of climate change.

“Partnerships are integral to our success, so we absolutely cannot underestimate the important role you all can play as partners in reducing our vulnerability to climate change,” said Samuda who was speaking this year when staging “Uncut Conversations on Climate Change”. ‘, an open, unscripted multi-stakeholder forum here earlier this week.

Samuda noted that the government is working to ensure that Jamaica can benefit from the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which was ratified in 2017.

The agreement establishes a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

One of the main objectives of the Agreement is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change as well as the capacity of countries to cope with the impacts.

The private sector has a key role to play by reducing its carbon footprint and dedicating funds to adaptation measures, technology, capacity building and mitigation actions.

“Public funds are simply not enough to deal with the adversity of climate change; therefore, we need funding from all available sources – public, private, domestic and international – if we are serious about moving towards low carbon and climate resilience,” Senator Samuda said.

The senator maintained that it is within the private sector that the investments for the transformation towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient society rest, adding that he is encouraged by the commitment of the representatives who participated in the “Uncut Conversations” sessions, which began last year. Wednesday.

He also stressed the need for urgent action.

“There is urgency now regarding the Paris Agreement; The world is now in implementation mode, and so is Jamaica,” he said, noting that the government will continue to lead through an appropriate policy and institutional framework.

In July 2020, Jamaica became the first Caribbean country to submit a tougher climate plan to the United Nations under the Paris Agreement, adding targets for forestry and tightening limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse effect.

The Director General of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Sharon Morrison, in her remarks, described as “special” the fifth anniversary of Jamaica’s ratification of the Agreement.

“Because we are on the front lines of the growing and worsening impacts of climate change, this milestone represents our continued commitment to be at the forefront of climate action,” she said.

Teresa H. Sadler