The Cooperative Republic of Guyana demonstrated its commitment to the Paris Agreement by becoming the seventeenth state to deposit its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change, to the United Nations.

That Agreement was aimed at limiting the emission of greenhouse gases. It represented a collective global effort to safeguard the environment and secure a better life for future generations. Guyana, a small Caribbean state, has been playing a big role in mitigating the effects of climate change. We have demonstrated how small states could contribute to solving major global concerns, particularly those relating to the environment.

Marrakesh, Morocco – (November 14, 2016) President David Granger has described Guyana’s ‘green state’ policy as central to the long term development of the country, following a briefing meeting with the technical team attending the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco. The President, who arrived, today, was invited by the King of Morocco, His Majesty Mohammed VI to attend the Joint High Level Segment (HLS) of COP22 on November 15, 2016.

Eager to share their culture and learn all about what Guyana has to offer, nine Peace Corps trainees on Monday received their pins and certificates, and are now ready to take up their posts.
The 29th batch of Peace Corps volunteers was sworn-in before United States Ambassador Perry Holloway at the Umana Yana, Kingston, Georgetown.

The nine new volunteers, the first cohort of Peace Corps to focus on environmental education and natural resource management, arrived in Guyana on September 2 and have since undergone some 10 weeks of pre-service training at Laluni on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, developing skills to enable them to function effectively in the project areas of youth, environment, education, leadership, and community-based natural resource management.

A Guyana delegation will participate at the Twenty-Second session of the Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP 22 will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, Nov 7-18, 2016.

Speaking with the media today, at a post cabinet press conference, Minster of State, Joseph Harmon, said that the conference is expected to be an important step in implementing the Paris agreement which was adopted at Cop 21 last year. Harmon added that 81 parties representing 60 percent of global emissions have ratified the Paris agreement so far.