On June 17, 2014 the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) hosted the OAS’s 59th Policy Roundtable. The event was meant to raise awareness as to the dangers of climate change and to address the policy questions surrounding the issue of climate change, merging science and policy. The imminence of the need for immediate action was expressed throughout the Policy Roundtable.
The event was hosted at the Main Building of the OAS and counted with the presence of the representatives from each Member State and representatives of the OAS. The material began with a more technical Climate Change in the Americas Assessment Report by Vincent Barros. Following was a talk given by Ambassador Juan Federico Jimenez Mayor, Peru Ambassador to the OAS, on good climate governance to ensure sustainable development, bringing the science to the policy. Ambassador Bayney R. Karran, Guyana Ambassador to the OAS, gave a speech about the importance of climate change policy to the Caribbean.
After the speeches came a discussion panel, moderated by Max Campos, Chief of the Integrated Water Resources Division of the DSD and Claudia S. de Windt, Chief of the Environmental Law, Policy and Good Governance Division of the DSD. Those participating in the discussion were Omar Ramirez Tejada, Executive Vicepresident of the National Council on Climate Change, Cletus Springer, Director of the DSD and Cecilia Conde, Director of Climate Change Research for the Mexican National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change. The panel was followed by an interactive Q&A session and closing remarks.