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Decisions of the meeting between the ADP and environmental organizations to present the Dominican School Responds to Climate Change Program, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Santo Domingo,

Thursday Sept 28

Last Tuesday, September 26th, representatives of the environmental movement of the country met with the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP), at its national headquarters in the city of Santo Domingo, D. N., in order to meet and exchange about the Dominican School Responds to Climate Change Program. This proposal was prepared by the ADP, under the guidance of 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rajendra K. Pachauri, and with input from environmental organizations. The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), also participated in this meeting, which is in the process of formalizing its participation in the Program through a framework agreement signed with the ADP.

From the exchange on the Program, the following conclusions and commitments were reached:

  1. Make all general, sectoral and bilateral preparations and agreements during the remaining months of 2017, in order to start with the Program beginning January 1st of next year, 2018. The Program will be launched before the end of 2017, if possible with the participation of Dr. Pachauri.
  1. The UASD makes its resources, its virtual, institutional and physical platform, available to the Program. Also resources for hosting and publishing materials. At the end of the first year of the Program, a publication should be published containing the contents and progress of the Program, especially its diploma.
  1. The environmental movement undertook to provide specialized teachers for the diploma to participate in it, and select the place where it will interact with the program in order to accompany the schools and contribute to the development of small initiatives and projects on climate change or intervention in the climatic vulnerability of the area where the schools are located. In this sense, in the next two weeks, the organizations will have to send the personal data and CVs of potential teachers who will give classes in the diploma, indicating the specific topic of the program. The UASD will provide the profile of these teachers after it is reviewed by Dr. Pachauri
  1. Ask Dr. Pachauri to manage highly recognized international teachers in the field of climate change to participate in the diploma, both remotely and virtually as well as in face-to-face visits to DR.
  1. Environmental organizations are in the best position to sign any agreements that may be necessary to launch and set up the Program.

The meeting also discussed three other topics: a) The program of activities of Dr. Pachauri’s stay in DR; b) Post-ratification actions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; and c) The verdict of the TC supporting the non-admission of the Superior Administrative Tribunal of preventive environmental protection against the construction of the Punta Catalina coal plants. On these aspects, it was decided:

(a) Program of Dr. Rajendra K. Pacharuri’s stay:

– The celebration of four master lectures in Santiago de los Caballeros, Barahona, Baní and San Pedro de Macorís.

– Do everything possible to ensure that Dr. Pachauri is invested with a doctorate Honoris Causa that will most likely be approved by the Cláustro Menor of the UASD on October 28, during his next stay in DR. Master lecture given after his investiture, in the UASD with the support of the ADP and the Dominican environmental movement.

– Celebration of a major launch event for the Dominican School Responds to Climate Change program, chaired by Dr. Pachauri.

The date and other details of these activities will be decided at a later date when we have the date of Dr. Rajendra and Dr. Aachauri’s arrival in the country, possibly between late November and early December of this year.

  1. b) On post-Ratification activities of the Paris Accord on Climate Change:

Subscription of joint declaration requesting President Danilo Medina, the National Congress and the Dominican Corporation of State Electric Companies (CDEEE) to convert the Punta Catalina coal plants to natural gas. Organizations will seek the endorsement of this statement from other organizations with which they have a close relationship.

Press conference to make the joint statement public.

At a special meeting, discuss a program of actions to strengthen compliance with the country’s commitment to reduce the country’s total emissions by 25% by 2030. The date and place of this meeting will be announced.

  1. c) About the TC ruling:

A panel on this sentence in light of the principle of prevention or precaution, preferably to be held at the Academy of Science of the Dominican Republic, with the participation of renowned lawyers and environmentalists.

To contact international entities so that they can react to this ruling and consider the possibility of acceding to international instances and jurisdictions so that they may judge or give their opinion on the jurisprudence of this ruling, which denies access to the constitutional process of protection to the defense of environmental law and restricts it to administrative and other ordinary contentious proceedings. Explore the possibility of opening proceedings before the Inter-American Court of Rights on this sentence.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that on Thursday, Thursday, 28th, the ADP met with INAFOCAM to present the Program. INAFOCAM agrees to participate in the Program, especially under the auspices of the Diploma. For tomorrow, the President of the ADP, Eduardo Hidalgo, will hold a meeting with the Vice-Minister of Education, Fran Cáceres and other officials from the portfolio, to present the Program. Also on Thursday, October 5, a delegation from the ADP, chaired by Professor Hidalgo, will also meet with the director of the National Climate Change Council and the Clean Development Mechanism, Ernesto Reyna Alcántara, for the same purpose.

Tomorrow, Friday, September 28, ADP President Eduardo Hidalgo will hold a meeting with Vice Minister of Education Fran Cáceres and other portfolio officials to present the Program.

Also on Thursday, October 5, a delegation of the ADP, chaired by Professor Hidalgo, will also meet with the director of the National Climate Change Council and the Clean Development Mechanism, Ernesto Reyna Alcántara, with the same purpose

Enrique de León

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(Español) ORGANIZACIONES AMBIENTALISTAS CELEBRAN QUE POR FIN PAIS RATIFIQUE ACUERDO DE PARIS SOBRE CAMBIO CLIMATICO

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CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES CONVERTS TO LAW THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Press release,
Wednesday, March 29, 2017,
Santo Domingo, D.N.

At midday today, the Chamber of Deputies unanimously approved the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, converting this agreement into law and the Dominican Republic in the State No 142 of 194 that has ratified this international agreement.

Representatives of the civil society and the environmental movement, as well as officials of the National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism, and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, witnessed the approval of this agreement.

The following were present in the the Chamber of Representatives: Representatives of the NGO Alliance, the National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC), the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH-RD), the Jaragua Group, the Ecological Society of Nizao, among others, and the coordinator of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism, Ernesto Reyna, climate change advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, Omar Ramírez and other officials of the Ministry of the Environment and Resources Natural.

Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, representatives of civil society and government agencies congratulated each other on the decision of the Chamber of Deputies.

The president of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the Chamber of Deputies, Francisco Matos motivated before the hemicycle the favorable vote for the Paris Agreement in a speech in which he explained the great importance of this international agreement for the country.

Deputy Matos also explained in his speech the reasons why this agreement had not been approved before, especially before November 4 of last year, which was the date on which it came into effect.

Following the approval of the agreement, representatives of civil society organizations and the environmental movement and government officials met with the president of the environmental and natural resources commission, Francisco Matos, to thank them and the Chamber Of Deputies for the approval of the agreement.

Professor Enrique de León, speaking on behalf of civil society organizations and environmentalists who have been advocating for the ratification of the Paris Agreement, said that the most important thing now is to contribute to the fulfillment of the commitment made by the country through this agreement Converted into law, to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030.

De León stated that in order to achieve this goal, it will necessarily be required to abandon coal in Punta Catalina plants and convert them to natural gas, otherwise it will be impossible to comply with the recently approved Paris Agreement.

“After the Paris Agreement was approved, the Dominican Republic has the right to demand that US President Donald Trump honor the commitments that that nation contracted with the international community under this agreement,” he said.

He affirmed that if Trump abandons the Paris Agreement and continues with its policy of eliminating restrictions against the pollution of coal and other fossil fuels, “he will be directly responsible for the damages caused by climate change in the Caribbean and in the other islands In all the planet “.

He called on the Dominican Republic to become the leader of the island states that will be most adversely affected by the increase in carbon dioxide emissions caused by Trump’s regressive policy, calling for a meeting of all the islands to establish concrete measures for face this threat and “make him accountable for the disasters we will have in the near future.”

The environmentalist leader also congratulated the organizations that for more than six months participated in the campaign for the ratification of the Paris Agreement and thanked the population and the media for supporting this campaign that has achieved today Ratification of this agreement.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE, CNLCC

Cámara de Diputados convierte en ley el Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climátic -0109.

At midday today, officials of the National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and representatives of organizations, pose with the deputy Francisco Matos, president of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Of the Chamber of Deputies following the approval by that body of the Paris Agreement.

 

Cámara de Diputados convierte en ley el Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climátic -0084.
Moments in which the deputy Francisco Matos motivates the plenary of that House to vote in favor of the Paris Agreement this morning.

 

ESTABLISHMENT OF PERMANENT SURVEILLANCE OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES UNTIL THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IS APPROVED

Press release,
Tuesday, March 28, 2017,
Santo Domingo, D.N.

Civil society organizations and environmentalists who advocate ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change decided in the morning to maintain a permanent vigilance over the Chamber of Deputies until this body approves this agreement.

Representatives of twenty-five organizations made the decision to establish a permanent watchdog on the Chamber of Deputies, after today’s session of this body did not hear the report of the commission that studied the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The organizations that were represented in the morning are the NGO Alliance, the Jaragua Group, the Dominican Teachers Association (ADP), the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), the Dominican Environmental Consortium (CAD), the Ecological Foundation Macorís Verde, the Institute of Lawyers for the Defense of the Environment (INSAPROMA), Guakia Ambiente and the National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC), among others.

“Although the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Lucia Medina had announced that this agreement would be heard in today’s session, this was not the case, and we fear that if we do not maintain public’s attention and vigilance over this body, it will be heard in the week of 7 Thursday, ” they said.

They reported that they met with Deputy Ricardo Contreras, who promised that he would do everything possible, along with other deputies and disputed from different groups, so that the Paris Agreement be known in the morning session.

They said that the authorities have generally shown no sense of urgency about the need for the Dominican Republic to ratify the Paris Agreement despite the fact that the country has been suffering from climate change since last year.
“The current rains and flooding of the north coast, the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the drought that affected much of the country until last year and the heavy rainfall in November are all extreme events caused by climate change,” they said.

They indicated that they have been campaigning for about six months for this agreement to be approved by the public authorities and only the approval by the Chamber of Deputies is lacking so that it may become law and the Dominican Republic becomes State number 137 to ratify it.

They recalled that on February 8, the Senate approved this agreement in a single reading and unanimously, offering an example of environmental awareness.

They affirmed that almost all the island states that are most vulnerable to climate change ratified the Paris Agreement in the first four months of last year, and only have not done so, from all the islands of the world, Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

They assured that the organizations will be vigilant and pressing for the Chamber of Deputies to approve this agreement. “If it is necessary for us to move to the National Congress, we will do so, but the Dominican Republic can no longer postpone the ratification of the Paris Agreement.”

NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE, CNLCC

Establecen vigilancia permanente a la Cámara de Diputados hasta que apruebe el Acuerdo de París DSC-003
El diputado Ricardo Contreras recibió en la mañana de hoy a los representantes de veinticinco organizaciones de la sociedad civil y ambientalistas que abogan por la aprobación del Acuerdo de París.

Organizations request that deputies approve the Paris Agreement before next Saturday celebration of Earth Hour

Nota de Prensa,
Martes, 21 de marzo de 2017,
Santo Domingo, D.N.

En la mañana de hoy, representantes de veinticinco organizaciones de la sociedad civil y ambientalistas acudieron a la Cámara de Diputados para expresar su deseo de que el pleno de este organismo apruebe el Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climático antes de la celebración del próximo sábado, de la Hora del Planeta.

La dirigencia de estas organizaciones que fue recibida y acompañada por un grupo de diputados entre los que figuraron Fidelio Desprandel, Demóstenes Martínez, Fidel Santana, Faride Raful y Francisco Matos, explicó que únicamente falta la aprobación de la Cámara de Diputados  para que la República Dominicana ratifique finalmente el Acuerdo de París.

Informaron que el 8 de febrero pasado, en la legislatura extraordinaria, el Senado aprobó este acuerdo en una sola lectura y a unanimidad.

Manifestaron que la celebración a nivel mundial de la Hora del Planeta el próximo sábado, sería una excelente oportunidad para festejar la incorporación del país de manera definitiva al Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climático.

Cada año, a nivel mundial se realiza, en el último sábado del mes de marzo, un apagón general en todo el planeta para llamar la atención sobre la existencia del cambio climático y sobre sus efectos.

Los representantes de las organizaciones entregaron al grupo de diputados que los recibió, copia de la carta que depositaron el 8 de febrero pasado ante la presidencia de la Cámara de Diputados.

En la misiva las organizaciones expresan que “hacemos un llamado…  a la Cámara de Diputados para que ratifiquen el Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climático con sentido de urgencia, en coherencia con el alto nivel de vulnerabilidad climática de nuestro país”.

Dijeron que la República Dominicana es uno de los pocos países que aún no ha ratificado este convenio internacional, a pesar de ser uno de los más vulnerables a los efectos del cambio climático en el mundo.

“Hemos estado desarrollando una campaña de forma permanente para que la Presidencia de la República, el Tribunal Constitucional y el Congreso Nacional agotaran el procedimiento de ratificación previsto por la Constitución de la República sobre convenciones internacionales, en el caso del Acuerdo de París, aún antes de su entrada en vigencia como lo hicieron la mayoría de los Estados insulares ”, señalaron.

Afirmaron que la aprobación de este acuerdo no debe pasar de esta semana para que “podamos decirle a la comunidad internacional, en ocasión de celebrarse en todo el mundo la Hora del Planeta, que la República Dominicana es el Estado 137 en ratificar este importante instrumento”.

Indicaron que a la fecha los únicos Estados insulares de todo el planeta que no han ratificado todavía el Acuerdo de París, son la República Dominicana, Haití y Jamaica. La mayoría de los Estados del continente Americano ya ratificó este acuerdo.

Entre las organizaciones que suscriben la carta dirigida al Congreso Nacional están: Alianza ONG, la Sociedad Ecológica del Cibao (SOECI), Participación Ciudadana, la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH-RD), la Fundación Ecológica Macorís Verde, el Grupo Jaragua, el Instituto de Abogados para la Protección del Medio Ambiente (INSAPROMA), PRONATURA, el Consorcio Ambiental Dominicano (CAD), la Asociación Dominicana de Profesores (ADP) y el Comité Nacional de Lucha Contra el Cambio Climático (CNLCC).

También suscriben la comunicación, el Instituto de Desarrollo de la Economía Asociativa (IDEAC), el instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral (IDDI), la Sociedad Ecológica de Nizao, Guakia Ambiente, la Asociación de Empresas de Eficiencia Energética y Energías Renovables (ASEEFEER) y Justicia Climática.

Recordaron que para concienciar a la población y a las autoridades han efectuado en los últimos meses, charlas, una petición pública a través de las redes sociales, visitas a las instituciones relacionadas con la aprobación de este acuerdo y la celebración de una exposición de artes plásticas sobre el cambio climático.

Las organizaciones externaron su esperanza de que la Cámara de Diputados será sensible a la urgencia para el país de la ratificación del Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climático y lo aprobará al igual que lo hizo el Senado en una sola lectura y a unanimidad.

COMITÉ NACIONAL DE LUCHA CONTRA EL CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO, CNLCC

Organizaciones solicitan que diputados aprueben el Acuerdo de París antes de la celebración el sábado próximo de la Hora del Planeta.DSC_0006Dr. Jacquelín Herrera presents to Deputy Fidelio Despradel the letter signed by 25 organizations in which the Chamber of Deputies is requested to approve the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

 

Organizaciones solicitan que diputados aprueben el Acuerdo de París antes de la celebración el sábado próximo de la Hora del Planeta. DSC_0030This morning, Addys Then, on behalf of the representatives of twenty-five organizations, offers statements to the press along with the deputy Demóstenes Martínez.

 

Organizaciones solicitan que diputados aprueben el Acuerdo de París antes de la celebración el sábado próximo de la Hora del Planeta. DSC_0034Deputy Demóstenes Martinez informed the representatives of the twenty-five organizations that the committee that studied the Paris Agreement on Climate Change recommended its approval by the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies.

 

(Español) SENADO APROBO ACUERDO DE PARIS SOBRE CAMBIO CLIMATICO

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(Español) Organizaciones de la sociedad civil y ambientalistas solicitaron al Congreso Nacional que apruebe el Acuerdo de Parías sobre Cambio Climático.

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Expert says Punta Catalina would prevent RD from complying with Climate Change Agreement

By Newspaper Hispaniola
Saturday 10 December 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Scientist Mark Chernaik, head of the scientific team of the Global Environmental Law Alliance (ELAW), warned that if Punta Catalina works on coal, the Dominican Republic will be unable to meet its commitments to the Paris Agreement on Change Climate.

Santo Domingo.- Chernaik issued a warning in a video conference broadcast from Oregon, USA, to an audience of local experts, academics, political leaders, lawmakers, businessmen from the electricity sector and leaders of environmental organizations that met last Wednesday 7, At the Pedro Mir Library of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, UASD.

This activity was organized by the Institute of Lawyers for the Protection of the Environment, INSAPROMA and the National Committee to Combat Climate Change, CNLCC.

The scientist stated that if Punta Catalina were to be maintained with coal, it would be necessary to reduce emissions by more than 19 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, which would mean reducing around 1.4 tons of carbon dioxide per person. He considered that this is practically impossible.

He recalled that the Dominican Republic committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030, or reducing 3.6 tons of CO2 per person to 2.7 tons of CO2 per person.

“This objective is impossible to achieve since Punta Catalina operating with coal will emit 6.34 million tons of CO2 per year, which means 0.50 tons of CO2 per person, which would have to add to the 3.6 tons of CO2 per person currently Are issued, “he said.

He explained that in order to achieve this target of 2.7 tonnes of CO2 per person per year by 2030, total emissions of CO2 should be reduced by 1.4 tonnes of CO2 per person, representing a reduction of around 19 million tonnes C02.

He said that if Punta Catalina is converted to natural gas, the emissions would be reduced to half that produced with coal. “Punta Catalina’s emissions to natural gas would be 3.8 million tons of CO2 a year and not 6.34 million tons of CO2 if it were coal,” he said.

Mark Chernaik, Ph.D. in biology at Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in law from the University of Oregon, USA, with 16 scientific reports prepared to date and legal assistance to the Supreme Courts of eight countries on several continents, considered that for the Dominican Republic climate change must be prioritized as a small island state in an area of intense cyclonic activity, permanently threatened by hydrometeorological events such as tropical waves, droughts, storms and hurricanes.

He stressed that the replacement of coal by natural gas at Punta Catalina would save the country more than $ 400 million a year by 2030 for damages related to CO2 emissions.

He said that according to the parameters of the US Environmental Agency, EPA, the economic costs of climate change in productive systems, human health and others would be for the Dominican Republic of more than 110 million dollars by 2020 and social costs could Reaching 2030 to more than 152 million dollars. “We are talking that if this thermo electric plant would be converted to natural gas, there would be a total savings of more than 400 million dollars by 2030.”

He indicated that the worst damage caused by the combustion of coal in human health is the emission of micro particles PM2.5, with risks of premature deaths directly related to the amount of these particles spread in the air.

“Even assuming the best conditions and the most efficient equipment of particle retention does not mean that they will be used at Punta Catalina, these coal plants will emit 100 tons of microparticles every year. With natural gas there is no such risk, “he said.

He informed that each ton of microparticles PM 2.5, will have a health cost between 140 thousand and 310 thousand dollars a year, which multiplied by one hundred tons that will be emitted by Punta Catalina will cause a health expenditure between 14 and 31 million dollars a year , which would be saved if the plants run on natural gas.

Chernaik pointed out that the Dominican Republic can not ignore for any reason the importance of climate change and the costs to the country of climate-related events.

He cited as an example that Hurricane Georges of 1998 produced damages for 14% of GDP in 1997, while the Olga and Noel storms in 2007 produced damages equivalent to 1.2% of GDP and 5.3% of the national budget, and now , the country is facing flood damage that is likely to exceed $ 9.4 billion in agriculture, roads, energy, housing, education, industry and commerce, sanitation, drainage, health and the environment.

Source: www.diariohispaniola.com

One More Caribbean Country Takes the Bold Step Towards Improving Environmental Governance

For Immediate Release
November 22, 2016ǀ Karetta Crooks Charles
Santiago, Chile

PRESS RELEASE

One More Caribbean Country Takes the Bold Step Towards Improving Environmental Governance

 

22-nov-chile-foto-1-enThe first day of the Fifth Negotiating Committee Meeting of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) started on a high note as Dominica signed on to this important process geared at improving environmental governance in the region. The announcement was made by Mr. Lloyd Pascal, Director of the Environmental Coordinating Unit in the Ministry of Environment of Dominica. Dominica, which is the 23rd signatory to the Declaration joins fellow negotiators at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) headquarters in Santiago, Chile to continue negotiations from November 21-25, 2016.

In her address at the opening session, Ms. Andrea Sanhueza, the Elected Representative of the Public – Chile said, “The world is changing at an unprecedented pace. Many of the leaders coming to power in various parts of the world are much less interested in and willing to defend the environment, protect human rights, strengthen communities or empower citizens. That is why reaching a comprehensive and binding agreement is a task that can no longer wait. We call on you (governments) to act promptly and have an agreement signed at the end of 2017. This agreement is from and for our region.” (Access the entire speech at:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/0cd7e7_c6161206c3334535a3da690aaabec04d.pdf )

Meanwhile, according to the Alternate Elected Representative of the Public – Saint Lucia, Mrs. Karetta Crooks Charles, “Only a small percentage of countries provide opportunities to participate early in the scoping or planning stages of projects. Participation has been shown to build trust in decisions made by public officials and offers a path to better, more efficient, inclusive decision making. Properly designed timely public participation where engagement includes meaningful opportunities to inform decisions can not only help avoid costs and reduce risks, it can also increase the understanding of local concerns and establish productive ongoing engagement practices that ensure the benefits of economic development reach the most vulnerable.” (Access the entire speech at: http://media.wix.com/ugd/0cd7e7_7a549d7aff144cffb3c1b9e1e691d47e.pdf)

22-nov-chile-foto-2-enAlso addressing the opening were the Minister of Environment of Chile, Mr. Pablo Badeneir and ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Mrs. Alicia Bárcena. In essence they noted that the P10 negotiations provide an opportunity for us to rethink our decision making processes and that our region can be the protagonist of this people centered approach to environmental governance, where citizens are active subjects instead of objects. Additionally, Mrs. Bárcena said this process connects environmental issues with human rights and redefines the relationship between governments, private sector, civil society and the public.

ECLAC also revealed a creative tool called “Observatory on Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean”. This platform which will be launched in about 2 weeks will share information on laws, policies and ruling of environmental courts related to Principle 10. This amazing tool even shows the connection between international agreements, like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Change Paris Agreement and Principle 10. This is essential considering that the UNFCCC and the SDGs, like Principle 10 all have their origins in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.

 

To follow the live stream of the negotiations please visit: http://negociacionp10.cepal.org/5/en/live-transmission, also the full programme can be seen at: http://negociacionp10.cepal.org/5/en/programme.

 

For more information, visit our website: www.lacp10.org and follow us on our social media networks:

Facebook: LAC P10 Regional Public Mechanism – ALC P10 Mecanismo Público Regional

Twitter: @LacP10info

 

Contacts:

 

Francisca Medina

Journalist (Chile)

franmedinaleon@gmail.com

+56-9-9-153-9144

 

Loreto Salas

Journalist (Chile)

comunicaciones@fundacionmultitudes.org

+56-9-9-699-4104

 

Paola Valdés

Journalist (Latin America)

periodistalacp10@gmail.com

 

Karetta Crooks Charles

Alternate Elected Representative of the Public (St. Lucia) and Journalist (The Caribbean)

karetta.charles@gmail.com

TWENTY-EIGHTH ENVIRONMENTAL AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND THAT THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES AND THE SENATE TO RATIFY THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IMMEDIATELY

Press release,
Thursday, November 10, 2016,
Santo Domingo, D.N.

This morning, 22 environmental and civil society organizations from the country delivered letters to the presidencies of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, calling for the immediate ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Among the signatory organizations of these letters are the NGO Alliance, Grupo Jaragua, PRONATURA, the Ecological Society of Cibao (SOECI), the Ecological Society of Nizao, the Dominican Environmental Consortium, Institute of Lawyers for the Protection of the Environment (INSAPROMA), Ecological Foundation Macorís Verde, Citizen Participation, the Institute for Development of the Associative Economy (IDEAC), Climate Justice, Ecoferia Dominicana and the National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC).

The following also signed the letter; Guakia Ambiente,the Federation of Organizations for the Defense of Health, Environment and Agriculture of the Peravia Province, the Tropical Ecology Foundation, the Association for the Protection of the Environment and Tourism of the Cabarete Zone And Sosúa (ASOPROCASO), Community Action for the Environment (PACMA), the Dominican Association of Authorized Public Environmental Specialties (ADEAPA), among others.

Josefina Arvelo, Coordinator of Citizen Participation, Euren Cuevas Medina of the Institute of Lawyers for the Protection of the Environment (INSAPROMA), David Montes de Oca of the Fundación Macorís Verde and Yvonne Arias of the Jaragua Group were the spokespersons for the organizations that explained the content of the letters to the media present.

In the letter, the organizations call on the Presidency of the Republic, the National Congress and the Constitutional Court to act with a sense of urgency and to avoid obstacles that may be the cause of the delay in ratifying the Paris Agreement.

They pointed out that “there should be nothing more important and urgent than the survival and safety of our families and those of the entire planet.”

They stated that it is inexplicable that the Dominican Republic has not yet ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, when in November of last year President Danilo Medina expressed his commitment to support the agreement that emerged from the World Summit on Climate Change ( COP 21), before the international community gathered in this conclave, in Paris, France.

They recalled that on that occasion the president of the nation, adopted the Country-Commitment to reduce by 25% the total emissions of carbon dioxide by 2020.

“We call for the ratification of an instrument that will favor the entire planet and our country, in line with our level of climate vulnerability, and with the fact that President Medina himself, on behalf of the Dominican Republic, on April 22, This year, at the United Nations, signed this Agreement along with 170 other states” they said.

They supported the demand for ratification of the Paris Agreement in that the country is the eighth most vulnerable and threatened by the effects of climate change and shares the island with Haiti, which is the third in this “tragic list”.

“The recent hurricane Matthew just confirmed this situation, leaving behind thousands of families displaced and homeless, wounded, missing and dead, especially in southwestern Haiti, where the death toll rose to about one thousand people” they said.

The organizations emphasize in the document submitted that the Dominican Republic belongs to the group of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) located in the tropics, particularly threatened by the increase in the level of the oceans, due to the ice melting in the Arctic , and by extreme phenomena such as increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes, as well as by prolonged and severe droughts.

They noted that although the country will no longer be among the group of nations of the world that ratified before last Friday, November 4, the Paris Agreement, it is time to ratify it and “honor the commitment made by President Danilo Medina, in Paris, France, in November 2015, and on 22 April this year, in New York, at the UN headquarters. “

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Representatives of 22 environmental and civil society organizations handed over to the director of the representation center, Olimpia Méndez Cartagena, a letter addressed to the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies, demanding the immediate ratification of the Paris Agreement on the Climate change.

 

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This morning, representatives of twenty-two environmental and civil society organizations delivered in the Senate a letter addressed to the President of that body demanding the immediate ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

 

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Delegation of twenty-two environmental organizations and civil society deposit a letter addressed to the Presidency of the Senate, in the Committee on the Environment of that body, demanding the immediate ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change