The aim of the summit is to bring together the island states of the Caribbean, including the French Departments in the Americas. These territories are particularly vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise, which place their sustainable development at serious risk. There are historic and socio economic factors that have led to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. Caribbean small island developing states are among the most highly exposed to the risks of climate change.
‘The Caribbean contributes a mere 0.3 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it bears the brunt of impacts related to climate change. The populations of territories in the region are already forced to adapt to the consequences on their daily lives, change their behaviours and rethink their traditions to deal with it”, according to the Conference journal.