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Sep 8, 2021

Belize Submits NDC Update to UNFCCC

Kenrick Williams

Last week, we told you about the cabinet’s approval of an update to Belize’s national determined contribution as part of its commitment in the global mitigation of climate change. The country is committing to increase its NDC by five percent over the next ten years. This has since been forwarded to the UNFCCC; the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which established an international environmental treaty to combat “dangerous human interference with the climate system.” Doctor Kenrick Williams says the document submitted is truly Belizean. 


Dr. Kenrick Williams, C.E.O., Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

“The document really outlines for Belize those key sectors in which we are going to support the reduction of emissions. So for example within the transport sector which is one of our greater emitters. Agriculture, forestry, land use and other sectors – the energy sector for instance. So these are key sectors in which we outline how we are going to reduce emissions and improve our adaptation to climate change. We had support from international agencies, however, the data collection, the processing, the analysis, was done by local capacities. So we are very excited that this is a nationally developed document. Because of that process, we have more accurate data in terms of our projections. When we look at the business as usual scenario versus the GHG projections in key sectors like agriculture and forestry and other sectors as such, this data is much more accurate because of the local analysis that was carried out. And so we are excited that the document that we have is truly Belizean.”

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