On 13 December 2018, BGen Lacroix participated at a regional consultation meeting which took place in Aruba. The Conference “Climate and Security in the Caribbean Region: A Roadmap to Resilience” brought together technical experts, practitioners and policymakers in the fields of climate change, disaster risk management and regional security. The Conference addressed climate change and the effect on human security within the Caribbean region.
High-level speakers at the event included Hon. Evelyn Wever-Croes, Prime Minister of Aruba, Ambassador Jules Bijl, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hon. Vaden Williams, M.P, Chairman of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Council, Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, CDEMA, Mr Martin Ras, Policy Analyst, United Nation Development Program (UNDP) New York, Dr. Louise van Shaik, Planetary Security Initiative (PSI), and Major Michael Jones, from the Caribbean Community and Common Market – Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS).
An agreement was reached to advance Coordination among Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the following areas:
* Strengthen Capacity and Knowledge on Climate and Security in the context of Caribbean SIDS.
* Strengthen regional coordination in support of humanitarian crises.
* Advance Food Security within the Context of a Changing Climate.
* Advance Water Security within the Context of a Changing Climate.
* Advance the Renewable Energy transition of Caribbean SIDS within the Context of a Changing Climate.
* Advocate for stronger political support for the Regional Climate and Security Agenda.
The outcomes of the consultation will take the form of a Regional Plan of Action to foster climate resilience in the region. It will also feature in next year’s Planetary Security Conference, which takes place in The Hague on 19 and 20 February, 2019, focusing on several spotlight regions including the Caribbean.