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It’s time for bold choices. It’s time for urgent action. It’s time for a better future on a healthy planet.
The Stockholm+50 National Consultation and International Meeting were a success with many exciting and innovative ideas from the global community. The Agenda for Action, Renewal and Trust details the way forward as we continue to embrace the principle of a healthy planet for the prosperity of all.
Our national consultation brought together stakeholders from Civil Society Organizations, Women, Indigenous People, Government, Trade Unions, Youth and the Private Sector. Read Trinidad and Tobago's National Report for the engaging information provided by our stakeholders on these important topics.
The feature address was delivered by the Honourable Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, Minister of Planning and Development, who urged participants "to add your voices to that common goal; the clarion call; the vision for our collective future." The complete address can be read here.
You can also view the recorded stream below and enjoy some photo highlights here, you may be in some of them!
Find out if you appear in the videos from the hybrid National Consultation main event.
Three main events were conducted during the post-consultation phase:
- Stockholm+50 Stakeholder Feedback Session
- Model UN Youth Session
- National Consultation in Preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Twenty-Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 27)
These events continued the multistakeholder engagement initiated during the Stockholm+50 National Consultation by fostering participation in national events and issues related to the overarching theme of Stockholm+50 “a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity.”
National Consultation in Preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Twenty-Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 27)
A national multistakeholder consultation was held in preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Twenty-Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 27) on October 26, 2022 in Port-of-Spain. The Ministry of Planning and Development, the National Focal Point for the UNFCCC, with support from the UNDP Stockholm+50 Trinidad and Tobago team and in collaboration with Climate Analytics, an international NGO, hosted this consultation to provide a forum for obtaining the perspectives of valued stakeholders on issues to be addressed at COP27.
Embedded into this Pre-COP27 preparatory session was the stakeholder consultation on the draft implementation plan for the national Draft Just Transition Policy, which is currently before Cabinet for approval. The pre-COP27 presentations were thought-provoking, the stakeholder input on climate change issues was enlightening and the consultation on the implementation plan provided a wealth of material for inclusion into the draft. Highlights from the Pre-COP27 consultation can be viewed at the link below.
Feed Back, Feed Forward
Virtual Gathering on Aug 3
Individuals and organisations that participated in the national consultation to help inform Trinidad and Tobago’s report to the Stockholm+50 international environmental conference in June, will re-convene on Wednesday August 3 to discuss and review its outcomes. The meeting will bring together young people, women, civil society groups as well as representatives from labour and business in a two-hour virtual session from 10 am to noon. It will be led by National Coordinator, Dr Cindy Chandool.
The aim of the meeting is to report back to participants on the outcomes of Stockholm+50 and brief them on T&T’s National Report to the conference. The National Report reflected the concerns, views and ideas expressed at a National Consultation hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the Hyatt Regency on May 23. This event was preceded by a number of forums facilitated by UNDP with youth, indigenous people, women, business, labour and civil society organisations which also helped to inform the report.
Among the recommendations that came out of the National Consultation and were fed into T&T’s National Report to Stockholm+50 were the need to:
· promote sustainable agriculture through incentives and assistance to vulnerable groups;
· continue discussions and updates on action taken with stakeholders;
· communicate with stakeholders using different strategies to inform and increase awareness on environmental issues; and
· facilitate greater involvement of youth, women, CSOs and vulnerable groups in decision-making processes.
The report also cited opportunities and solutions discussed at T&T’s national consultation. These included opportunities to convert the economy to a greener and less fossil fuel dependent model, to promote sustainable agriculture and tourism, to scale up green initiatives by entrepreneurs and small businesses, and to ensure greater inclusivity for vulnerable groups.
It also noted that the youth were “eager to be involved to a greater degree in decision making about environmental issues”, adding that all groups backed the idea of Environmental education with “new forms of education that revolve around hands-on experiences with the environment.” At the virtual gathering on August 3, individuals who had travelled to Stockholm to participate in the conference are scheduled to share their experiences with attendees.
Stockholm+50 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first global conference on the environment to be held under the auspices of the United Nations in 1972. This year’s event was held at a time of deepening crisis, warranting an expeditious and accelerated response to the problems of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. The point was underscored in a joint statement with the following ten recommendations issued by the two co-presidents in the closing moments of Stockholm+50:
1. Place human well-being at the centre of a healthy planet and prosperity for all.
2. Recognise and implement the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment
3. Adopt a system-wide change in the way the current economic system works to contribute to a healthy planet
4. Strengthen national implementation of commitments to a healthy planet
5. Align public and private financial flows with environmental, climate and sustainable development commitments
6. Accelerate system-wide transformations of high impact sectors
7. Rebuild relationships of trust for strengthened cooperation and solidarity
8. Reinforce and re-invigorate the multilateral system
9. Recognise intergenerational responsibility as a cornerstone of sound policy-making
10. Take forward the Stockholm+50 outcomes
Our feedback session on August 3 reconvened fifty six (56) of the stakeholders who participated in the national consultation. They reaffirmed their commitment to action and discussed the many opportunities for involvement in environmental education. We heard from our national representatives at Stockholm+50 who shared insightful thoughts and outcomes. The contribution of the Stockholm+50 national report to the amendment of the National Climate Change Policy was discussed and stakeholders were advised on how they could get involved in this process.
Continue to experience our local Spoken Word Artiste Mishael Henry as he speaks out on our environmental challenges.
The initial results of the Stockholm+50 Global Survey can be viewed at
You can still complete the global survey on the state of our planet.
And you can also participate in our national survey to let us know how T&T is managing our environment and what else should be done to meet our environmental goals.
WELCOME TO THE PAGE FOR THE COMPLETED NATIONAL STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ON STOCKHOLM+50
The objective of this national consultation was to stimulate an inclusive whole-of-society and whole-of-government dialogue on the main themes of Stockholm+50 as they relate to the national context. This consultation space provides a virtual platform for information on virtual and in-person events and relevant content from our national events.
The consultations provided in-person and virtual platforms for ideas, insights and innovation that:
Build a shared global vision on how to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity for all whole accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and Multilateral Environmental Agreements through an inclusive green recovery;
Offer clear recommendations for the Trinidad and Tobago Government, civil society and private sector on priority actions that can advance national and sectoral policies that address climate change and leverage nature-based solutions including Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, green economy/green recovery, and SDG frameworks;
Amplify voices of the poor and other marginalized groups; and
Influence local and global debates that consider the perspectives of all stakeholders.
National priorities aligned with the leadership dialogues are: implementing the NDCs through policy and action, identifying nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation, and ensuring a green, sustainable recovery within the context of Trinidad and Tobago's COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
Further information on how the three leadership themes of Stockholm+50 apply to Trinidad and Tobago can be found here or click the Content tab.
Stay tuned to this space for post-consultation events and information.