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COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action Assembly for Latin America and Caribbean

COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action Assembly at the UN Regional Climate Week for Latin America and Caribbean


The Paris Agreement provides us with a truly global framework for climate ambition and action. To unlock the full potential of the Paris Agreement, it is important that all countries can participate to their maximum potential and that a lack of capacity does not hold them back. In its role as the incoming COP26 Presidency, the UK is committed to better understanding the capacity building challenges faced by developing countries, particularly those most vulnerable to climate impact, and to providing opportunities to share positive experiences and lessons learned across the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

Main languages: Spanish and English.



Opening plenary – 0930-1015 Santo Domingo; 1430-1515 London

This session is hosted on the Regional Climate Week platform.

This opening session of the COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action will better understand the capacity building challenges and share positive experiences and lessons learned across the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

Speakers to include:

  • Fiona Clouder, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Jeniffer Hanna Collado, PCCB representative for the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC), Dominican Republic
  • Ambassador Rita Mishaan, Ambassador of Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala
  • Ambassador Diann Black-Layne, Director, Department of the Environment, Antigua & Barbuda
  • Crispin d’Auvergne, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Coordinator Environmental Sustainability Cluster, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, St Lucia
  • Jevanic Henry, Sustainable Development Advocate, Climate Change Activist & Researcher, St Lucia
  • Alejandro Kilpatrick, Team Lead, Capacity Building, Finance, Technology and Capacity-building, UNFCCC Secretariat

Mitigation Ambition – 1015-1145 Santo Domingo; 1515-1645 London

This session is hosted on the Regional Climate Week platform.

‘Turning Higher NDC Ambition Into Action – Sharing of Good Practices’ – The objective of the COP26 Presidency and NDC Partnership co-hosted NDC enhancement session is to provide attendees with examples of best practices and lessons learned in NDC development and implementation, specifically covering the areas of enhancing NDC quality, adaptation and mitigation ambition, alongside alignment with Long Term Strategies. Panelists from across the region will share experiences and lessons learnt in the process of developing their NDCs, and will take questions from attendees. The target audience includes countries and institutions interested in supporting more ambitious NDCs with accelerated implementation.

Adaptation Action – 1100-1245 Santo Domingo; 1600-1745 London

This session will launch a series of COP26 Catalyst events designed to hear Parties’ views on opportunities and challenges—as well as build capacities and understanding among developing country actors— on preparing an Adaptation Communication (ADCOM) to the UNFCCC.

As many countries are preparing their first ADCOM, this session will be an opportunity for South-South peer learning and exchange to compare approaches and share common questions. It will also explore how countries are leveraging existing adaptation planning processes (including through National Adaptation Plans, Nationally Determined Contributions, and National Communications) to reduce reporting burdens and deliver well-coordinated national approaches to adaptation.

Carbon Markets Participation – 1300-1430 Santo Domingo; 1800-1930 London

Many countries have signalled that they intend on, or are willing to consider, using carbon markets to meet their NDC targets. At the same time, many developing countries have highlighted their need for capacity building support to enable them to take advantage fully of these opportunities. This session will provide space to discuss what opportunities are available, including through looking at particular case studies of where carbon market mechanisms have been developed, implemented or where they are being considered. Including focus on what has worked and why in terms of capacity building and where the barriers are to increasing participation, particularly by those who are least developed

Capacity building for transparency and reporting: sharing experiences from Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond – 1300-1430 Santo Domingo; 1800-1930 London

Strong mechanisms to report on greenhouse gas emissions, progress in achieving NDCs, transfer of support and capacity building needs are key to achieving ambitious outcomes under the Paris Agreement. All countries need to be able to produce reliable, transparent and comprehensive information on emissions, climate actions and support under the ETF. This session will introduce the COP26 Catalyst’s work on transparency and reporting: outlining existing support, challenges and experiences from the region and beyond. Attendees will be welcome to share their views on capacity building and support challenges in this area and to suggest potential areas of focus for our work.

Wilton Park is convening these meetings with the UK Government, and as Secretariat for the COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action. Wilton Park is an Agency of the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.