The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) 8th Council of Ministers on Environmental Sustainability (COM:ES) consists of Ministers responsible for the environment in each of the OECS Member States. The Council of Ministers is responsible for making recommendations to the OECS Authority (Heads of Governments) on matters pertaining to the environment and sustainable development. This meeting creates an opportunity to strengthen regional collaborative partnerships on environmental issues.
COM:ES also assists Member States in minimizing environmental vulnerability, implementing environmental sustainability measures, improving environmental management and protecting the region’s natural resource base for optimal social and economic benefits.
The Council meets regularly in order to deliberate on topics including: Sustainable Land Management, Water Resource Management, Ocean Governance, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in addition to other relevant issues related to environmental sustainability, Natural Disasters and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). COM:ES 8 will be held virtually from May 20-21, 2021.
The Council of Ministers Meeting will be preceded by the launch of The Eastern Caribbean Solar Challenge: “Race to the Sun,” which will be taking place from 8:15 a.m. on May 20. The Solar Challenge aims to engage governments, the private sector, development partners and households in a united effort to increase the diffusion of solar electricity and heating across the region by the end of 2023, in the first instance. The aim is to Increase the deployment of renewable energy technologies across the Eastern Caribbean in support of national, regional and global goals to enhance climate resilience and to maintain global temperature increase below 1.5°C
Senior Technical officers from the OECS countries as well as key regional partners will be in attendance. A virtual climate change Exhibition and Biodiversity Science Fair is also planned.