The Government of Saint Lucia will sign and ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change when the Agreement is opened for signature on Friday 22nd April, 2016 during a High Level Ceremony to be hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at UN Headquarters.
Saint Lucia played a leading role during the negotiations that led to the adoption of the historic climate change agreement in Paris in December 2016. The country’s minister for Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Sen. Hon. Dr James Fletcher led a strong CARICOM negotiating team that fought for and was successful in getting many critical issues reflected in the Paris Agreement. Saint Lucia’s minister also served as one of the ministerial facilitators appointed by then COP21 President Laurent Fabius to help reach agreement on some of the difficult issues. Hon. James Fletcher chairs the Regional Task Force on Sustainable Development that was established by CARICOM Heads of Government and he is also the chair of the Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change.
The High Level signing ceremony is expected to attract more than 130 nations, with over sixty world leaders expected to sign the landmark climate agreement on Earth Day, 22nd April, 2016. This will mark the most ever signatures for a UN Agreement on an opening day. Hon. James Fletcher will lead Saint Lucia’s delegation and sign the Paris Agreement on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia. By also depositing its instrument of ratification, Saint Lucia will become one of the first countries to have ratified the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement will legally come into force when at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions ratify it.
In addition to representing Saint Lucia at the High Level Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher has been invited to participate in the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which will take place at UN Headquarters on Thursday 21st April, 2016. This event, which is being hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly, is expected to bring together global political, business and society leaders to increase international awareness and political momentum around the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).