Climate change affects nearly every aspect of our lives. The consequences of climate change now include intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity. The challenge of climate change is universal.
Recognizing the role of multilateralism in addressing climate change, foreign ministers of the FEALAC member countries acknowledge the importance of multilateral cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement as stated in the Santo Domingo Declaration of 9th Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
In 2017, the Ministers announced that they welcome the entry into force of the Paris Agreement in November 2016 and continue robust international cooperation toward low greenhouse gas emission and climate-resilient development at the 8th Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Busan, Korea. Along with their commitment to addressing climate change, they stressed the role and the need to access to technology, innovation and capacity-building, which create new incentives and opportunities for the transfer of environmental technologies, in partivular to developing countries in order to integrate them into regional and global value chains and promote development and productivity between the regions.
Acknowledging the need for promoting regional and international cooperation to strengthen climate action in the context of sustainable development, it was agreed at the 9th Foreign Ministers' Meeting(November 2019, Dominican Republic) to change the title of "Socio-Political Cooperation and Sustainable Development" Working Group to "Socio-Political Cooperation, Sustainable Development and Climate Change" Working Group.
During this meeting, the ministers also agree to give the hightest priority to projects and discussions on the issues of comprehensive disaster, risk management, envrionment and climate change, within the works of the Working Group.
In response to the impacts of climate change, the FEALAC members have actively implemented various projects on the sustainable development. Some of the notable projects are:
1. Capacity Building on Climate Change(2017, Guatemala)
2. Regional learning and observations to benefit the environment for sustainable development minimizing the impact of climate change in schools in member sountries of FEALAC(2015, Panama)
3. Seminar for the Officials of Climate Change and Environmental Protection of the Caribbean and the South Pacific(2014, China)