This meeting of the Heads of Delegations of Latin America and the Caribbean is an initiative by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Chile and Brazil that seeks to find common ground among these countries. This is the fourth time they meet.
Participants from NGOs, academia and the private sector were invited to the open segment on day one. Other speakers included Alicia Barcena from ECLAC and Teresa Ribera from the French think tank IDDRI. Barcena stressed the need to integrate the economics of climate change into national discussions highlighting the findings of ECLAC research that show that Latin America and the Caribbean could lose about 1% of GDP due to climate impacts. Ribera's presentation focused on national contributions and what factors could make them succeed in reducing emissions and increasing trust among nations.
Araya's presentation focused on the opportunities that non-state climate actions represent for tackling climate change in a world where state actions are insufficient to deliver climate security. Her presentation gave specific numbers about the rise of climate actions by non-state actors such as cities, regional governments, companies, think tanks and NGOs and why this is happening. Second, she raised the questions of what milestones these actions have reached on the road to Paris. How is the UNFCCC interacting with these initiatives? Third, she laid out options for integrating these actions in the Paris Agreement as informed by several initiatives that are devoted to dealing with this question.
Can Latin America blaze a trail to Paris? by Monica Araya and Guy Edwards
Climate ambition won´t hurt you, by Carlos Rittl
On the Road to Paris: Colombia's Opportunity to Clean Up Development by Camila Bustos and Marcela Jaramillo