The event—called “Policy Dialogues on Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for the Americas”—is sponsored by the OAS and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). It will take place on June 17, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT, at OAS headquarters in Washington.
Speakers will include Vicente Barros, Co-Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who will discuss some of the findings from that organization’s report “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” with a focus on the Americas. Good governance on climate issues will be another topic on the table, in a presentation by Peru’s Ambassador to the OAS, Juan Federico Jiménez Mayor.
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will give welcoming remarks at the event, which will also include the participation of Omar Ramírez Tejada, Executive Vice President of the National Council on Climate Change of the Dominican Republic; Cecilia Conde, Director of Climate Change Research at the Mexican National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC); and the Ambassador of Guyana to the OAS, Bayney R. Karran.
The event will also highlight some of the specific adaptation and mitigation strategies promoted by ECPA to address climate change. A panel discussion will include the participation of Cletus Springer, Director of the OAS Department of Sustainable Development, which manages the ECPA Clearinghouse.
The OAS Policy Roundtable Series seeks to link the best in policy thinking to actions taken by the OAS through its Permanent Council and General Secretariat, through informed dialogue among analysts, practitioners, and diplomats. By promoting a dynamic debate on a range of issues, the OAS hopes to contribute to solutions that address some of the key concerns of people in the Americas.
The roundtable on climate change will be webcast live, and online viewers will be able to ask the panelists questions. For more information on the event, please contact Rosangela Arbieto (firstname.lastname@example.org).