Government of Belize in Attendance at the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

cf_hls_cop19_100The Government of Belize, led by a delegation appointed by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, is currently being represented at the COP 19/ CMP9 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Warsaw, Poland. The UN Climate Change Conference commenced November 11 and should conclude November 22, 2013. The conference has two segments: (i) a technical segment which took place the first week and (ii) a High Level Segment which takes place the second week. Senator Hon. Lisel Alamilla left the country last week to join the Belize delegation and to participate in the High Level Segment and Dialogues to be held in week two of the conference. The inauguration of the high-level segment took place in the afternoon of Tuesday, 19 November. National statements will be heard in joint meetings of the COP and the CMP during the high-level segment on Wednesday, 20 to Friday, 22 November. Belize’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development will be delivering Belize’s National Statement on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.

cf_podium_10_100(The full texts of the official statement will be posted on the UNFCCC website and the webcast can be viewed via internet at http://unfccc.int/2860.php. ) In response to decision 1/CP.18, the President of COP 19 will be convening an insession high-level ministerial dialogue on climate finance to consider the progress made in the mobilization of long-term finance and the efforts being undertaken by developed country Parties to scale up the mobilization of climate finance after 2012. The high-level ministerial dialogue will be informed by inputs from Parties, technical bodies and processes under the Convention, as well as the outcomes of the extended work programme on long- term finance. In this segment, Minister Alamilla will also be delivering an ice-breaker on the behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to convene and kick-off this session. Minister Alamilla’s statement in this session will set the stage for this important High Level Dialogue in the UN Climate Change Conference. Minister Alamilla will be conducting the icebreaker for the High Level Dialogue on finance on Wednesday, November 20, at 5:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.

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