Belize Assumes Seats on the Adaptation Fund Board and Technology Executive Committee of UNFCCC
Thursday, March 9th, 2023
Dr. Kenrick Williams, the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management, has been appointed to the Adaptation Fund Board representing the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC).
The Adaptation Fund (AF) was established in 2001 to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries party to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Adaptation Fund is financed through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities and other sources. Through Dr. Williams’ appointment, Belize will be able to lobby support for increased financing and the financing framework for climate change adaptation in Belize and the region.
Additionally, Chief Climate Change Officer at the National Climate Change Office, Dr. Lennox Gladden, was also elected to the Technology Executive Committee (TEC).
Created in 2010, the TEC is the policy arm of the Conference of Parties Technology Mechanism. The TEC focuses on identifying policies that can accelerate the development and transfer of low-emission and climate-resilient technologies. The TEC will play a key role in assisting countries to identify climate technology policies that allow them to achieve the Agreement’s objectives.�
Regarding Belize’s Conference of Parties (COP) delegation, Edalmi Romero has been re-appointed as the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Transparency Coordinator for 2023. A few of her responsibilities include formulating evidence-based draft positions on the thematic area with the relevant working group and representing the approved positions of AOSIS in consultations and negotiations with partners.
Deputy Chief Climate Change Officer Colin Mattis also remains the AOSIS Mitigation Coordinator for 2023, with similar responsibilities relating to mitigation negotiations.
The appointments signify the Government of Belize’s efforts to scale up its leadership in global efforts on climate change.
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