Gibraltar at climate change conference

Representatives from countries around the world are meeting in Poland in a further attempt to steer decisive climate action. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the avenue through which global climate policy is negotiated. This 24th meeting of the parties (COP 24) is focussing on the follow up and implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement. 

Political discussions will therefore also focus on climate finance, emission targets, and the role of large states.

After successful lobbying by Environment Ministers to the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) the UK Government, it was agreed that for the first time ever the UKOTs would be directly represented and form part of the official UK delegation attending COP 24. The Environment Ministers Council of the UKOTs nominated Dr Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands as the political representative from the territories to attend the conference. Dr Liesl Mesilio, CEO and Chief Scientist of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change at the Government of Gibraltar was then nominated as the scientist representing the OTs and providing technical support for Dr Pickering. Together they make up the OT delegation.