The OECS Commission hosted a high-level delegation from the United Kingdom on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Castries, Saint Lucia. The UK Delegation, headed by Director General for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Corin Robertson, met with OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules and other staff of the OECS Commission to discuss areas of mutual interest. With the upcoming COP27 on the horizon, much of the discussions focused on areas such as Climate Change and Resilience and access to climate finance. In relation to climate financing, there was general consensus of the need for financing mechanisms that work across the board for the countries most impacted by climate change. The issues of vulnerability and adaptation of small island developing states were also discussed, which the OECS contingent providing insight into the Commission’s focus on community based adaptation. With the OECS Members States, as well as the United Kingdom in advanced preparations for attendance at COP27, the meeting came at an opportune time for both parties to have preliminary discussions on some of the issues of focus at the much anticipated Summit. The OECS Director General also used the opportunity to further strengthen the Organization’s relationship with the United Kingdom, as he offered a snapshot into the strategic priorities of the OECS, highlighting many areas of mutual interest.
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