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Santo Domingo to host 2022 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week

Dates have been announced for the 2022 Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW 2022), the UN Climate Change platform for regional collaboration, which holds from July 18 to 22 in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.

Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

The forum marks the return of in-person Climate Weeks to the region and opens opportunity for governments and stakeholders to work together on climate change.

LACCW 2022 brings together regional stakeholders with the potential to shift the needle on the climate challenge. The event opens space for governments, private sector leaders, development organizations, youth and civil society to join solution-oriented dialogues, find common ground and forge partnerships for climate action. An Action Hub will feature inspiring examples of action happening right now to avert the worst climate impacts and build resilient communities.

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, said: “With important decisions taken at last year’s UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, implementation of the Paris Agreement is accelerating. Regional collaboration emerged as a driver of global progress and the Glasgow Climate Pact encourages UN agencies and public and private sector leaders to work together towards credible and durable climate action. As we head towards COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh in November, LACCW 2022 will bring together key stakeholders to advance regional climate action and help build momentum for a strong outcome in Egypt.”

LACCW 2022 is hosted by the Government of the Dominican Republic and organised by UN Climate Change in collaboration with global partners UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme and the World Bank Group. Partners in the region include the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), the CAF–Development Bank of Latin America, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Looking forward to the event in Santo Domingo in July, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, Orlando Jorge Mera, said:“Latin American and the Caribbean Climate Week will focus on the climate change realities we face in the region. Our societies and economies are acutely affected by climate impacts, and we know climate action is a path to healthy development. Cities, businesses and communities must work together to find solutions. We look forward to the Climate Week to discuss our shared risks, identify these emerging opportunities and work together on solutions.”

Mr. Max Puig, Executive Vice President of the National Council for Climate Change of the Dominican Republic, said: “Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week is a big opportunity to achieve the real, deep and abiding involvement from every economic, social and political sector, which is a key element for walking into the inclusive transition that our societies need to deal with climate change, either to mitigate its causes or to adapt to its effects, on this occasion, from the perspective of regional cooperation”.

LACCW 2022 is part of the Regional Climate Weeks 2022 series, which will continue with Africa Climate Week 2022 later this year. MENACW 2022 kicked off the series in March in Dubai and engaged almost 4,000 people over four days.

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