Japan-CARICOM Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity
2 September 2010
U-Thant International Conference Hall
The fifteen member countries of the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) represent one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. However, that biodiversity is in serious danger. Most of those countries are small island states that now face growing threats from climate change including more frequent and intense hurricanes, subsequent flooding and erosion, and rising sea level.
The foreign ministers of member countries will visit Japan on the occasion of the second Japan-CARICOM Ministerial-level Conference that will be held in Tokyo on 1 September, 2010. Following the conference, the United Nations University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the Inter-American Development Bank are organizing a public symposium on climate change and biodiversity where those ministers will be joined by Japanese academics and experts to discuss these pressing issues and explore further cooperation between CARICOM and Japan.
In addition, those ministers will deliver informative speeches on the culture, society and diversity of the Caribbean region as well as its economy, trade and investment, for the audience to understand the region further.
This is a unique opportunity to learn from the ministerial level more about the challenges facing this biologically vital region.
Co-organized by UNU, IDB, MOFA
Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation will be provided.