Session 8 | Climate Change and Security – Building Resilience in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Session eight | 10:00-12:30 (AST)
The Small Island and Low-Lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS) of CARICOM are facing compounding shocks of the devastation of climate change and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many experts argue that the costs of the crisis of climate change and COVID-19 will vastly exceed the costs for prevention. It is therefore critical to address these issues to limit the effects on the Member Countries. According to experts, we are living through an unrivalled drop in carbon output, the biggest carbon crash ever recorded. Notably, soon after countries implemented COVID-19 measures, global climate emissions fell as people drove less and industries ground to a halt. In another realm, COVID-19 also brought to the fore questions related to Climate Change and Security and Climate Change, Health and Food Insecurity. Additionally, given the effects of Climate Change over the years, Member States now must consider heightened activity during the Hurricane Season and during a Pandemic. But what can COVID-19 teach us about addressing Climate Change, security and food security? A distinguished panel will explore connections between the COVID-19 and Climate Change. Key questions which will be answered are:
- What have we learned from COVID-19 that should inform our response to Climate Change?
- Preparations for heightened hurricane season in the midst of a Pandemic
- Should recovering from COVID-19 and investing in Climate resilience be viewed independently?
- What linkages exist between Climate Change and Food Security and how has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected policies in these areas?
- How can regional governments align the priorities of climate action, the principles of the Paris Agreement and COVID-19 recovery?