Latin American and Caribbean countries to coordinate action on climate change and air pollution

The 20th Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment on Thursday (March 31) closed with the adoption of the Cartagena Declaration by all the 33 countries.

Through this declaration, the ministers committed to accelerate collective actions against climate change, and to boost the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, as a basis for economic, sustainable and equitable growth in accordance with environmental protection.

Though the region counts for less than 10% of the global GHG emissions, the environmental ministers agreed to take a step forward to tackle climate change together, while reaffirming their different views for the future and national priorities.

Within the main arrangements (including biodiversity protection, management of chemicals and waste), they included the establishment of a Regional Cooperation Platform on Climate Change for Latin America and the Caribbean to advance actions on mitigation, adaptation, loss, damages, transfer of technologies and mobilization of financing to implement the Paris Agreement pledges.

Moreover, they agreed to cut emissions of SLCPs (Short-Lived Climate Pollutants) within the Regional Plan of Action on Atmospheric Pollution, to prevent health-related damages and problems.

Lastly, they reinforced their support for the implementation of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), for environmental education, and proposed the resolution on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be considered at UNEA meeting in May.

All the countries adopted an updated Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative for Sustainable Development, in line with the fulfilling of the Sustainable Development Goals.


(Image: 20th Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment, March 2016. Photo credit: UNEP/Flickr)