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About the PNCCS

The ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change and Sustainability (PNCCS) was created in 2016 with the objective of promoting parliamentary diplomacy on climate action within parliaments, aligned with existing international frameworks that work towards combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. The PNCCS fosters knowledge exchanges between parliamentarians, expert practitioners, civil society and other stakeholders on effective practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation through workshops, dialogues and the creation of specialized resources.

The work of the PNCCS encourages cooperation between parliaments and government agencies in the development and implementation of innovative policies to combat climate change. Recent topics of focus include renewable energy, disaster risk reduction, and climate financing concepts such as loss and damage, carbon pricing and markets, as well as the importance of integrating gender into climate action and raising ambition within the Nationally Determined Contributions to meet the Paris Agreement goals and attain the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Network is governed by an elected Executive Committee, composed of the President, and sub-regional Vice-Presidencies representing North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

Executive Committee

The Honourable Rosa Galvez
Senator, Canada

Raúl Bolaños-Cacho Cué
Vice-President – North America
Senator, Mexico

Óscar Izquierdo Sandí
Vice-President – Central America
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Costa Rica

Margarita Stolbizer
First Vice-President – South America
Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Argentina

Radjendrekoemar Debie
Second Vice-President – South America
Member of the National Assembly, Suriname

Anthony Vieira
First Vice-President – The Caribbean
Senator, Trinidad and Tobago

Nelsa Shoraya Suárez Ariza
Second Vice-President – The Caribbean
Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Dominican Republic

Coordination of the Parliamentary Staff Network on Climate Change and Sustainability

Frédéric Forge
General Coordinator
Senior Director of International Affairs and Integrated Reference Services Division, Library of Parliament, Canada

Jatziri Pando Medina
Regional Coordinator – North America
Technical Secretary, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Committee, Senate, Mexico

Laura Prado Chacón
Regional Coordinator – Central America
Responsible for the Institutional Committee on Environmental Sustainability, Legislative Assembly, Costa Rica

Lydia Jordan
Regional Coordinator – South America
International Relations, National Assembly, Suriname

Brian B. Caesar
Regional Coordinator – The Caribbean
Clerk of the House of Representatives, Trinidad and Tobago

Elections for the Executive Committee are held during the PNCCS’s gathering. For more information about the governance of the Executive Committee, please read our statutes.