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Caribbean outreach event for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is pleased to announce that there will be a live stream of the Caribbean Launch of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on October 13, 2014 at 6pm. The stream will be available via the Centre’s website and its YouTube Channel.

The event, which will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall, Central Bank of Barbados, is intended to raise the profile of climate change as a key development challenge in the region, and the high degree of scientific certainty surrounding the predictions about our changing and variable climate. The report offers some specific messages about the impacts of climate change on small island states – and some of its general findings on climate change adaptation and mitigation are of particular relevance to Small Island Developing States such as those in the Caribbean. The 90 minute public education launch event, which will be live streamed and tweeted via the hashtag #CaribbeanClimate, will bring together a range of international and regional perspectives on the relevance of the findings for the region.

The Caribbean is a minute contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, but will be among the most severely impacted. To learn more about the impact of the changing climate on the Caribbean, please see here for CCCCC’s accompanying guide for the event: 5 Things To Know About Climate Change in the Caribbean. Please also see this short report from Dr Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director of the CCCCC, on what the Fifth Assessment Report means for the Caribbean here.

Please download the programme here.

The event is open to the public and there is still time to RSVP. To confirm, please email Mr Tyrone Hall, CCCCC’s communication specialist.


Chairman and moderator
Dr. Kenrick Leslie, CBE, OD, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

Keynote speakers
Dr the Honourable Denis Lowe, MP, Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Barbados
Mr Leon Charles of Charles and Associates, Grenada

Dr William Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank
Mr Selwin Hart, Director of the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team (CCST)
Mr Patrick McCaskie, Director of the Research and Planning Unit, Economic Affairs Division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
Professor Chris Field, co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, founding director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology and Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University

Dr. Leonard Nurse, Lead Author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of the West Indies and Chairman, Board of Governors, CCCCC
Ms Pryiadarshni Rai, Disaster Management Officer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Caribbean Representation Office

Please find full details on the speakers here.

The event is being held with support from CDKN.


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