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Bahamas to host meeting of regional Caribbean leaders ahead of COP27

The Bahamas will host the first regional meeting of the Caribbean heads of government in preparation for COP27, Prime Minister Philip Davis said yesterday.

He said the event will be held on August 16 and 17 at Baha Mar.

“My administration is introducing this conference as we seek to get results in the climate change fight,” Davis said.

“The Bahamas, along with the region, has lobbied year after year, meeting after meeting as we sought for the world to acknowledge our vulnerable position.

“This meeting will position the Caribbean region to take control of our fate and present a unified position to the world at COP27, which will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November.”

Davis said the government intends to hold the meeting annually.

He said it will seek to have it established as a regular meeting on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) calendar.

“I’ve said repeatedly that what happens in this region doesn’t stay in this region,” Davis said.

“We must take the reins in ending our suffering and replace our position of vulnerability with that of power. It’s past time to go on the offensive against the painful blows climate change has landed in the region.

“We must be united in the fight and convince the world that, for better or for worse, we are in this together.”

Davis said the event will be funded by the UNFCCC.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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