Government invited to partner with the Coalition for the Social and Political Drivers at the Climate Action Summit

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) has been asked to partner with the Coalition for the Social and Political Drivers at the Climate Action Summit.

His Excellency Javier Carbajosa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain and His Excellency Luis Hernandez Ortiz, Ambassador of the Republic of Peru visited the Ministry of Planning and Development where he issued the invitation for 23 September 2019 summit.

The coalition partners include Spain, Peru, Poland, Switzerland, Naura, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ambassadors highlighted three thematic issues where support is needed and which are climate actions that advance gender equality; climate actions that improve health; and advancing a just transition and the creation of green jobs for all.

At this meeting, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and Development, Ms Ayleen Ovid, welcomed this initiative and specified a number of the projects that Trinidad and Tobago is currently undertaking as it relates to the effects of climate change on health and gender issues.

The Ministry of Planning and Development in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) supporting programme, is finalizing a Gender Analysis and a Gender Action Plan to integrate gender considerations into the implementation of the NDC of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Gender Analysis examines the capacity and provisions for incorporating gender equality considerations into policy and programming within the climate change sector.

It also identifies opportunities and enabling factors for mainstreaming gender into the work of key climate change sectors and the NDC implementation. In this connection, the Gender Action Plan will provide a framework for mainstreaming gender policy and programming.

The plan shall also determine actions designed to improve capacities for implementation and promotion of gender mainstreaming in climate change sectors, including the participation of women.

GoRTT recognizes that human health is already being impacted by climate change and this is projected to increase. Given the warning trends, implementing Climate-Smart health infrastructure becomes a very important part of constructing climate resilient health facilities.

The Toco Health Centre Retrofit may be used as an example of GoRTT’s efforts to conduct a pilot project to increase climate resilience at a health facility in a vulnerable community. The health centre is being retrofitted with solar photovoltaic system, a rainwater harvesting system and an upgraded sewer system in order to ensure that the facility can function in the event of a climate related disaster. 

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