UN Environment, via its regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, is moving toward greater cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has expressed strong interest in strengthening its collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to improve environmental sustainability in the Region.
Regional Director and Head of the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Leo Heileman, visited the CARICOM Secretariat on Wednesday, 24 January, during which he paid a courtesy call on CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.
He updated the Secretary-General on work of the UN Environment Caribbean Office located in Jamaica which is providing technical support to countries of the Region in strengthening their environmental capacity.
Mr Heileman highlighted several aspects of UNEP’s regional and bilateral partnerships, including its work to advance Haiti’s green development via initiatives in agriculture, mangrove protection, renewable energy, and natural resource efficiency. The Secretariat underscored the importance of technical support for Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States (SIDS) to access funds for climate change and environmental sustainability available under the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and other funds.
The meeting recommended that the CARICOM-UNEP cooperation be formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).