(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen,
Greater Georgetown, Guyana ) A five –day training
intervention for the Caribbean Region’s
environmental negotiators opened in St Kitts and
Nevis on Monday, 28 May 2012.
The workshop, which will be held
at the Ocean Terrace Inn, is organized by the
CARICOM Secretariat with support from the European
Union, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
and the Foundation for International Environmental
Law and Development (FIELD) under the Caribbean Hub
Sub-Component Project for Capacity-Building Related
to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in
African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries.
The focus is on Multilateral
Environmental Agreements (MEAs) concerned with
biodiversity, climate change and oceans management.
More than 40 junior negotiators
drawn from CARIFORUM countries will be participating
in this training intervention, as they seek to build
their capacity to represent national and regional
interests in international fora, and so to
facilitate the process of succession planning at the
national and regional levels.
Through a series of presentations
and discussions, the workshop will explore a wide
range of topics, including an introduction to
environmental law; Small islands in international
negotiations; How MEAs work in practice; Influencing
approaches and styles and International Conventions.
At the end of the five days,
junior negotiators should be able to demonstrate an
understanding of the key aspects of MEA negotiating
processes and decision making; identify major issues
under negotiation in MEAs; prepare for an MEA
negotiation; draft issue briefs and statements;
engage in MEA negotiations and promote the
priorities of their countries.
The workshop will be facilitated
by Ms. Joy Hyvaerinen and Mr. Chad Carpenter,
Foundation for International Environmental Law and
Development (FIELD); Mr. Christopher Corbin, United
Nations Environment Programme - Caribbean Regional
Coordinating Unit (UNEP CAR/RCU);Ms. Judith Ephraim,
Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science
& Technology, Saint Lucia and Mr. Gilroy English
from Gilroy English Associates.