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Saint Lucia has been given the responsibility of leading Caribbean Community (CARICOM) negotiations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France. This is so because Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Hon Dr Kenny D. Anthony, is the CARICOM Lead Head of Government on Climate Change.

It's a charge that the Government of Saint Lucia has taken seriously, with Minister for Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. James Fletcher, very much at the forefront of negotiations.
 
The Prime Minister has opined that Saint Lucia is held in high esteem on this issue due to its leadership.
 
Dr. Fletcher has been articulating the CARICOM position that global warming needs to be kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is a perspective shared by the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) and now being championed by a growing number of developing countries. According to the Climate Vulnerability Forum, 108 countries in total are behind the 1.5 message.
 
The minister has been quoted by a number of major international news agencies, including the BBC, New Zealand Herald, Washington Post, Politico, the Sydney Morning Herald, US News and World Report, and the Associated Press, among others. He says that "1.5 to stay alive" is gaining momentum at COP21. Most importantly, the draft agreements reflect that currency.
 
Climate scientists believe that keeping warming to 1.5 degrees could increase the chance of survival for coral reefs, slow the rise in the number of ever-increasing severe weather disasters, and help keep the planet from hitting dreaded tipping points of irreversible environmental damage.
 
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