Durban, South Africa, 9 December - The Island Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa was a very successful partnership between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C's).
The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding this year to work closer together to address common climate change issues in the Pacific and Caribbean.
During the UN Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa an Island Pavilion was established bringing the two regions together, hosting a series of side events and seminars on climate change issues and the implications for Small Island Developing States.
"This has been an excellent start for collaboration for SPREP and the 5C's on climate change," said the Director-General of SPREP, Mr. David Sheppard.
"The partnership between the Alliance of Small Island States is strong, we are glad to extend this to other areas outside of the formal negotiation process."
"This has been a fruitful unity, our plans for the future to learn from each other and provide support for each other will help strengthen our service we provide to the Caribbean," said Dr Kenrick Leslie, the Director of the 5C's.
Plans to work together in 2012 were discussed during a meeting between the two organizations. One of the key first steps will be an exchange between staff in the Pacific and Caribbean to take place within the next three months. This will help share experiences and strengthen the cooperation on key technical issues on climate change between the Pacific and the Caribbean.
More news and images from the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban available on the Climate Pasifika Blog.