Leon Charles of Charles and Associates, Grenada, is one of the Caribbean region’s experienced climate change professionals. He is a partner in the High Level Mechanism Support for LDCs and SIDS on Climate Change (HLSM), which focuses on climate diplomacy and the provision of negotiation support to high level officials from the targeted regions.
He has over fourteen years experience in the UNFCCC negotiations, and has served in many different capacities during that period. He was the Lead Negotiator for AOSIS from 2007 to 2011 and has participated in the high level ministerial segments of the negotiations from 2007 to 2014, first as AOSIS Lead negotiator and then, in an advisory capacity, through the activities of the HLSM project.
He has also played a leading role in other UNFCCC processes, including serving as the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) in 2007.
He is currently one of the co-chairs of the Joint Contact Group that is responsible for conducting the 2015 Review of whether the long term global goal should be strengthened to 1.5C from 2C.
He is also active at a technical level in climate change activities in Grenada and across the region. He has done technical work on a range of issues including climate finance, loss and damage, national communications, capacity assessments, vulnerability analyses, monitoring and evaluation systems and development of national strategic plans on climate change. Along with other responsibilities, he is currently the Climate Finance Adviser to the Caribbean Development Bank, with responsibility for the bank’s climate finance readiness program.
- Loss and Damage in Africa Michiel Schaeffer, Florent Baarsch, Leon Charles, Kelly de Bruin, Sandra Freitas, Bill Hare, Andries Hof & MJ Mace (2014)