On the occasion of the 25th edition of World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2018, Panos Caribbean shares with the Caribbean press a reflection on the state of Haitian press. This reflection, in the form of a mini-report, was presented and discussed by Panos in November 2017, with Mr. Edison Lanza Rabatto, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
DOWLOAD: "FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, AN ACQUIRED RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED: REPORT ON THE STATE OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, THE MEDIA AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN HAITI" - NOVEMBER 2017 (PDF, 228.93KB)
In February 2018, in response to the invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat and the High-Level Champions to non-Party stakeholders to provide inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue, Panos Caribbean, with the support of Climate Analytics, has organised a process aimed at: (a) informing civil society, the private sector and other non- State actors of this Facilitative Dialogue, (b) highlighting its relevance and importance to the Caribbean region, and (c) encouraging inputs into the Dialogue. This process builds on the campaign initiated by Caribbean stakeholders in July 2015 in support of ambition and of the 1.5 degrees target. Climate Analytics and Panos Caribbean are committed to sustain this Talanoa process among non-State actors in the Caribbean over the coming months and to provide a comprehensive statement in advance of the October deadline.
The Paris Agreement of 2015 was a significant milestone in global efforts to limit dangerous climate change, but it requires radical measures and strong ambition in order to achieve its goals. At present, Parties’ pledged actions (Nationally Determined Contributions) put the world on a pathway to a 3 or 4 degree Celsius increase in average global temperatures. This is a far cry from the Paris Agreement goal to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius and pursue efforts to limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. An increase in average global temperatures by 3 or 4 degrees would be catastrophic for the countries of the Caribbean region that are already experiencing deadly impacts of climate change with a 1 degree average increase.
|An island concept encountered throughout the South Pacific archipelago, talanoa is a Fijian term referring to an inclusive, transparent dialogue based on a process of sharing stories, building empathy and reaching decisions for the collective good and, as such, relies on the pooling of ideas, skills and experience from all participants. This Caribbean process will be inspired by this concept.|
There are important opportunities in 2018 for the Caribbean region to engage in these issues. At COP21, the Parties in the Climate Change Convention decided to convene a Facilitative Dialogue, later renamed the Talanoa Dialogue (see box, right), to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress towards the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement and to inform the preparation of new and / or revised nationally-determined contributions. The Dialogue offers the opportunity for all actors to contribute to the discussions and negotiations that will put the Paris Agreement into action, and the Secretariat of the Convention is inviting inputs. The first deadline is 2 April 2018 for discussions in conjunction with the April/May session of the COP. A second round of consultations will take place later in the year.
We encourage concerned organisations in the Caribbean – government agencies, civil society and faith-based organisations, trade unions, community groups, scientific institutions, private sector groupings – to make their voices heard in this process.
Where are we in our response to climate change? Where do we want (and need) to go? How do we get there?
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