Haiti is strategically positioned to attract innovative energy and infrastructure projects that are in keeping with its commitment to battle climate change. We saw that commitment formalized last week when Haiti signed unto the historic United Nations (UN) Paris Climate Agreement with 174 other nations. The aims of the Agreement is described in Article 2 of the same:
“(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;
(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;
(c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.”
Last year, Haiti submitted (well ahead of the international climate agreement reached then) its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the form of a Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).
Haiti’s lack of extensive infrastructure is an opportunity to build a system of roads, bridges, public transportation, and utilities that keep with its stated goals in its INDC. We hope that these unprecedented moves by Haiti and the international community translate into an innovation hub for the type of large scale projects that change the everyday lives of Haitian citizens.
Lovely is a first-year student at CUNY School of Law, which graduates public interest attorneys with the motto of practicing “law in the service of human needs”. She is a first generation American of Haitian descent. She has a particular interest in corporate law with a focus on infrastructure and energy projects in emerging markets and developing countries. More broadly, she hopes to contribute to the areas of international rule of law and human rights.