Minister Clarke deepens engagements and reaffirms partnerships in bilateral meetings during SIDS4

Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Climate Action and Constituency Empowerment,. Dr. Joyelle Clarke deepened engagement and enhanced collaboration through a series of bilateral meetings she took on the margins of the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) in Antigua and Barbuda. 

SIDS4 ran from 27th – 30th May 2024.

The Minister first met with technical leads for Campaign for Nature, a global campaign established to conserve 30 percent of the earth’s land and ocean through protected areas by 2030, which is more commonly referred to as the 30 by 30 Agenda. 

The dialogue with Michael Degnan, Deputy Director and Dr. Kina Murphy, Strategy Lead and Chief Scientist, focused on the significance of addressing biodiversity loss especially through the 30 by 30 target. The discussion ensured that the donor countries honour financial pledges to fill the biodiversity funding gap in the Federation.

Minister Clarke also met with a delegation led by the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) New York Office, Liga Noronha, to discuss a few key issues related to environmental protection.  

The meeting built on previous dialogue coming out of the recently concluded 6th Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-6). It expanded to include priority areas including amplifying efforts to end reliance on single use plastics and how this movement can positively stimulate the circular economy while forging adaptation through policy direction and aligned project building initiatives.

The minister later met with Professor Kamal Amakrane, Managing Director of the Global Centre for Climate Mobility (GCCM) and Professor Donovan Campbell from the University of the West Indies (UWI), to share insights on climate adaptation, particularly in relation to sea-level rise and its associated threats.  

The discussion also centred on the importance of advancing climate action through climate literacy and making space for increased youth and community involvement.


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