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October 20, 2017
ParlAmericas participated in the XI Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

From October 18-20, ParlAmericas participated in the Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) in Mexico City. The LACCF is an annual conference and exhibition organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the World Bank, and other international organizations that brings together key stakeholders involved in climate change mitigation and carbon markets to exchange ideas and best practices on carbon reduction programs and projects.

Member of the National Assembly of Ecuador and Vice-President of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change (PNCC) for South America, Ana Belén Marín, participated on ParlAmericas behalf. Ms. Marín was the sole parliamentary representative at the event. Other organizations in attendance included Designated National Authorities (DNAs), national climate change focal points, international investment agencies, financial institutions, and expert service providers.

Ms. Marín spoke during the closing plenary of the forum. The session, titled Building the Vision for Climate Action, called for coherence in actions to mitigate climate change and presented the perspectives of different actors involved in this work.

On the role of legislative actors, she stated that, “As parliamentarians, we must identify and promote legislative reforms consistent with the most pressing mitigation needs in our countries, attract and incentivize sustainable private sector investment in small and medium enterprises, and raise awareness on the need to move towards sustainable production and consumption patterns. We must work to achieve real and significant reductions of carbon emissions, which require the highest political commitment.”

ParlAmericas continues to promote parliamentary voices within the climate change agenda and to identify avenues through which parliaments can advance the Nationally Determined Commitments undertaken by countries of the Americas and the Caribbean through the Paris Agreement.