A Country-Partner Exchange Session entitled “Caribbean NDC Revision – Where Are We?” was held in July 2020, in partnership with the NDC Partnership, the UNFCCC, and the World Bank. The objectives were to:
• Allow selected Caribbean states to report on their progress and experiences in the revision of their respective NDCs
• Obtain an indication of what will be contained in the new NDCs, in terms of, for example, levels of ambition and inclusion of new sectors
• Facilitate sharing of lessons on challenges and best practice which may be of benefit to countries that are less advanced in the revision process or for future NDCs
• Provide stakeholder and prospective partners with an indication of the needs and opportunities for engagement and support that will be required to successfully implement the new NDCs.
• Allow Development Partners to share experiences and areas of potential support available to countries for revision and implementation activities.
According to the Paris Agreement, Parties are to “prepare, communicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions” (NDCs). Furthermore, “Each Party’s successive nationally determined contribution will represent a progression beyond the Party’s then current nationally determined contribution and reflect its highest possible ambition…”
With Caribbean countries Party to the Paris Agreement at various stages in the preparation of their second NDCs, with some yet to substantially start and others nearing, or at, completion, representatives from the governments of Grenada, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia shared their progress and experiences in the revision of their respective NDCs. They highlighted support needs that will be required to successfully implement the new NDCs.
Available support services and opportunities for engagement were discussed with Development Partners, including the World Bank who introduced plans for an NDC Deep Dive project in the region, as well as UNDP, GGGI, Climate Analytics, the NDCP, and the UNFCCC. Ignatius Jean, Executive Director of the Caribbean Water & Sewerage Association, Inc. and John M. Jacque, Regional Energy Manager at Wiltech Energy, LLC provided inputs from a private sector perspective.