NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis, announced, on August 4, 2022, that The Bahamas will host the Regional Caribbean Heads of Government Meeting, 16-17 August, 2022 at Baha Mar Resort.
“My administration is introducing this conference as we seek to get results in the climate change fight. The Bahamas – along with the region – has lobbied year after year, meeting after meeting, as we sought for the world to acknowledge our vulnerable position,” Prime Minister Davis said during the Press Briefing held at his office. “This meeting will position the Caribbean region to take control of our fate and present a unified position to the world at COP 27, which will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in November.”
He noted that the Government of The Bahamas intended to establish the meeting as an annual event and will seek to have it instituted as a regular meeting on the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) calendar.
“I have said repeatedly that what happens in this region doesn’t stay in this region,” Prime Minister Davis said. “We must take the reins in ending our suffering and replace our position of vulnerability with that of power.”
“It’s past time to go on the offensive against the painful blows climate change has landed in the region,” he added. “But we must be united in the fight and convince the world that, for better or worse, we are in this together.”
Prime Minister Davis pointed out that the meeting was also intended to establish a Caribbean response exclusive of the conventional Latin-America/Caribbean pairing, in order to better reflect common geographical and geo-political issues of Caribbean states.
“At the conclusion of the meeting, a Chair’s Summary will be made available detailing the scope of the discussions, as well as the key messages and ideas that emerge,” Prime Minister Davis said.