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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 303]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 303]
Send date: 2011-12-16 19:49:03
Issue #: 119
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Bulletin CTA
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week
  1. Season’s Greetings from CTA!
  2. Our video guest: Dr. Máximo Torero, IFPRI
  3. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 19/12 to 01/01/2012
  4. Final conclusions at the Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries
  5. Livestock from three different perspectives
  6. Exchange of views on rural development
  7. Instrument to protect fish stocks
  8. No agreement for the authorisation of 3 genetically modified varieties
  9. Agriculture and food sectors: priorities in South Sudan
  10. Lamy urges to place interests of developing countries
  11. Seminar on EPAs gathers business leaders
  12. The EU and the Pacific region hold talks in Brussels
  13. More visibility of EU-South Africa S&T cooperation
  14. Samoa's accession to the WTO
  15. ACP countries: leading up to Rio+20
  16. South Sudan will benefit from previous EDFs
  17. Study to consider ACP scenarios for post-2020
  18. 'GSP+' status to Cape Verde
  19. Strengthening maritime capacities in the Horn of Africa
  20. Sahel: Major Food Crisis in 2012
  21. Firm action after Durban talks
  22. Reinforcing Security and Development in the Sahel
  23. Annual Report 2011: EU Development policy
  24. “Durban Platform for Enhanced Action”


  1. Season’s Greetings from CTA!
    2011-12-16

    Dear Reader,

    Season’s Greetings from CTA!

    Thank you for visiting our weblog.
    Due to the year-end festivities, many activities in the EU and ACP offices in Brussels will be suspended. Therefore, the publication of news on the weblog and the dissemination of our weekly newsletter will resume on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

    We wish you an excellent 2012!




  2. Our video guest: Dr. Máximo Torero, IFPRI
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    Dr. Máximo Torero is the Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington. In this video, taken at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November, Dr. Torero explains how food price speculation works, and what impact an ambitious climate agreement in Durban could have on global food prices.


    Link Watch the video
    Link EU faces opossition in Durban
    Link Rising Food Crisis in East Africa


  3. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 19/12 to 01/01/2012
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -19 December: EU parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Public health and Food safety: Women and climate change
    Council of Ministers
    -19 December: Environment Council (Brussels).
    EU Presidency
    -31 December: End of Polish EU presidency
    -1 January 2012: Denmark takes over the EU presidency

    You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.




  4. Final conclusions at the Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Trade, Environment

    After two days of discussions at the 3137th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, held in Brussels, the Council has adopted conclusions. Markedly, the Council recognises that “promotion is an important tool in ensuring the competitiveness of EU farming and food processing, ensuring that the agri-food sector can make Europe and third countries aware of the characteristics of European products”.
    Among other conclusions, the Council encourages the Commission in its ongoing work to explore all possible ways of achieving main objectives, notably by “strengthening the image of European food and promoting European food as healthy, safe, of high quality and produced with respect for the environment and animal welfare, and helping to open new markets or increase market shares for EU products, especially in third countries”

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link CAP proposals slammed by MEPs
    Link Agriculture and Fisheries Council


  5. Livestock from three different perspectives
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy

    In a recent report, FAO presents a global overview examining the role that livestock plays in human nutrition, the world food supply and access to food particularly for poor families. It moreover gives a human perspective as analyses how livestock contributes to the food security of three different human populations: livestock-dependent societies, small-scale mixed farmers and urban dwellers.
    The report reviews the drivers that led to the livestock revolution, how these have changed and what the implications will be for livestock contributing to resilient food systems of the future.
    As the report highlights, although much has been said about livestock’s role in achieving food security, the subject has been only partially addressed as no current document fully covers the topic. By 2050 an expanded world population will be consuming two thirds more animal protein than it does today.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link MEPs call for measures
    Link Livestock Africa


  6. Exchange of views on rural development
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The proposal for a regulation on support for rural development was debated at the 3137th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, which was recently held in Brussels. The discussion focused on the actions envisaged to address new challenges within the second pillar along with the instruments proposed under rural development and their definition.
    According to most of the delegations, only when the repartition of the envelope by Member State (MS) for the second pillar is known, the content of the proposal can be correctly assessed. While several MS consider that the proposal correctly addresses new challenges within the second pillar, some thought the proposal should focus more on innovation and competitiveness. The vast majority of delegations highlighted there is a need to ensure that the common strategic framework putting the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in line with structural funds will be consistent with the objective of simplification of the CAP.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link CAP reform
    Link An idea for a longuer view


  7. Instrument to protect fish stocks
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries, Environment

    Several member states (MS) supported the proposal presented by the Commission on prospective measures against countries allowing non-sustainable fishing.  The main purpose of this initiative is the conservation of fish stocks. The discussion took place in Brussels, at the 3137th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers.
    In order to avoid the perpetuation of several situations (e.g: North-east Atlantic mackerel) the Commission proposed to develop a specific instrument that protects fish stocks. As some of the MS noted that EU should always be in favour of negotiations, these underlined that if negotiations were to fail, there would be a need for such a specific tool allowing the EU to act against third countries which take unilateral decisions on shared fish stocks.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link The EU sustainable fishing fails
    Link New fund for the EU's Fisheries policy


  8. No agreement for the authorisation of 3 genetically modified varieties
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    While proposals for decisions authorising the use of three genetically modified varieties in food, feed and for other uses, though excluding cultivation, have been presented for adoption at the 3137th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, held in Brussels, no agreement has been reached either in favour of or against the authorisations.
    Following the submission of initial applications for authorisation of these genetically modified varieties, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was initially consulted and issued favourable scientific opinions. On that basis, the European Commission presented its proposals to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). However, at its meeting, held on 9 February 2011, the SCoFCAH did not achieve the qualified majority necessary to deliver an opinion for or against the authorisation measures proposed by the Commission. Given  the absence of this latter it was up to the Council to act on the Commission proposals within a three-month period.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read More
    Link 20 questions on GM Foods
    Link Evaluation of GMO policy in the EU


  9. Agriculture and food sectors: priorities in South Sudan
    2011-12-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security

    The agriculture and food security sector will be main targets for the European Commission (EC) in South Sudan. €80 million aid package will be allocated to improving rural infrastructure; boosting productivity by providing easier access to services and land; support to small-holders and strengthening water management for sustainable use. Member States may soon announce support in complementary sectors.
    On the eve of the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan, which will take place in Washington on 14-15 December, European Commissioner Piebalgs has said that, as he confirmed during his last visit to the country in November, "the EC will play its share and will act in sectors where it has a high impact and a real added value. Furthermore, he added that this new allocation "is proof of the EU's long-term commitment to South Sudan's development, following its independence in July 2011".
    As a matter of fact the EU recently agreed to provide €200 million to South Sudan, focusing on specific priority sectors such as agriculture development, health, education, and the rule of law. €80 million out of this envelope will be allocated to the rural development/food security sector. EU aid to South Sudan is in line with the 2011-2013 South Sudan Development Plan and the South Sudan Aid Strategy.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU relations with the Rep.of South Sudan
    Link Humanitarian aid for South Sudan


  10. Lamy urges to place interests of developing countries
    2011-12-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    “The multilateral trading system is at a crossroads”. Director-General Pascal Lamy has stressed the importance of multilateralism and called on members to stand up for its values at the opening of the 8th Ministerial Conference in Geneva, held on 15 December 2011.
    Lamy has moreover urged major players to “exercise leadership and to muster political courage to act together for greater trade opening and reform”. Speaking of developing countries, he has also called on key economic actors to place both interests and needs of the poorest.
    Furthermore, WTO Director-General has said that he will convene a “panel of multi-stakeholders of the WTO” for a year-long study of present and future trade.

    Source: WTO


    Link Read more
    Link Protectionism gaining ground
    Link WTO: Mixed Expectations


  11. Seminar on EPAs gathers business leaders
    2011-12-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    The European Union recently organised a seminar in Yaoundé intended to help business leaders and private sector representatives to better understand the advantages of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between Central Africa and the European Union.
    The seminar, which took place in Yaoundé (Cameroon), gathered more than 250 participants who showed keen interest on EPAs’ opportunities to improve competitiveness, stimulate investments, promote intra-regional trade, increase and diversify exports to the EU, thus contributing to economic growth and job creation in the region.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link Central Africa: 73% Trade Oppeness
    Link Peter Thompson, EC


  12. The EU and the Pacific region hold talks in Brussels
    2011-12-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    EU and Pacific region representatives have recently held talks with the aim of taking stock of the situation and reaching an agreement on a way forward. Discussions, which took place in Brussels, were based on a revised draft text and draft market access offers, which were submitted by the region several months ago (July, 2011).  
    Topics such as trade in goods, development cooperation, sustainable development, and fisheries (including Rules of Origin) were discussed. The proposal to amend the Market Access Regulation and the reform of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) were also addressed. Next meeting between the parties is expected to take place in March/April 2012.

    Source: The European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Pacific Relations
    Link EUphoria in the Pacific?


  13. More visibility of EU-South Africa S&T cooperation
    2011-12-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Archive

    During a meeting the Joint EU-South Africa Science & Technology Committee has highlighted the importance of encouraging participation by South African researchers in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Furthermore it has explored opportunities offered to EU researchers through South African funded programmes.The outcomes of the discussion will be used to supplement the report on current and planned cooperation.
    The meeting provided the opportunity to take stock of EU-South African cooperation in the field of science and technology in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space. Issues such as the cross-cutting of researcher mobility and frontier research were addressed as well.
    Participants discussed the role of South Africa in strengthening EU cooperation with the rest of Africa in science, technology and innovation. They also exchanged views on recent policy initiatives in research and innovation in South Africa and the EU.

    Source:


    Link Read more
    Link Science and Technology programme
    Link Bi-regional dialogue platform on S&T


  14. Samoa's accession to the WTO
    2011-12-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Council has adopted a decision approving, on behalf of the EU, Samoa's accession to the WTO. The decision will be taken by the WTO at its 8th ministerial conference, to be held in Geneva on 15-17 December.
    It also discussed negotiations on government procurement agreement market access. The Council has reiterated its commitment to an ambitious and comprehensive outcome to the meeting. The Council also emphasised the crucial role of the WTO in the current economic and financial crisis and endorsed its efforts to provide an effective monitoring process to counter protectionism.
    The council also adopted a decision approving the granting by the WTO ministerial conference of a waiver enabling WTO members to give preferential treatment to services and service suppliers of least-developed countries.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Samoa relations
    Link 8th Ministerial Conference


  15. ACP countries: leading up to Rio+20
    2011-12-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development, Archive

    ACP countries will play a key role in Rio+20. Such a statement was one of the conclusions of a recent council meeting of ACP state Ministers, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Directo, Achim Steiner.
    According to Mr Steiner, with the transition to a green economy ACP countries will find easier to establish partnerships and strengthen South-South Cooperation. Furthermore, it will provide with a better framework to mobilize financial resources, foster a country-owned, people-centred policy framework, promote good governance and building human and institutional capacities while reducing social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.“Green economy policy road maps can help countries progress to a resource efficient socially equitable green economy”, he stated.
    However, Steiner stressed the importance of the coherence in the international governance structures as this latter is crucial to maximize delivery and support. His expectations on the potential of ACP countries appeared to be high as he added   hat “the ACP Council of Ministers is in many ways a very special and very forward looking architecture of policy making and governance”.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Rio+20
    Link Generating trade concerns in the run-up


  16. South Sudan will benefit from previous EDFs
    2011-12-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, ACP-EU Policy, Rural development

    After 15 years of suspension, the EU resumed development cooperation with Sudan. Since then the EU has committed development assistance of over €665 million, mainly focusing on agriculture and food security, education, stabilisation, security and human rights. As it gained independence in 2011, South Sudan is not yet a signatory to the Cotonou Agreement, and therefore financial assistance cannot be provided under the 10th EDF. However, EU Member States decided to bridge this current funding gap with an ad-hoc allocation from unused money of the 9th and previous EDFs.

    It is important to remember that last May, 2011, the EU decided to allocate some another €200 million from 9th and previous EDFs to support the implementation of the three year Southern Sudan Development Plan (2011 to 2013).  These EU funds are being programmed together with additional financial assistance from EU Member States. This EU and EU Member States "joint programming" exercise for South Sudan will focus on agriculture/food security, education, health, rule of law and water.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EU priority: Agriculture and Food Security
    Link EU-Sudan Relations


  17. Study to consider ACP scenarios for post-2020
    2011-12-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Archive

    Professor Dr. Mirjam van Reisen  has  been appointed by the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States to undertake a critical study on future perspectives for the ACP Group, aimed at reviewing the value and essence of the institution and how it can effectively adapt to changing geopolitical realities. The study will also consider various options and scenarios for post-2020, when the ACP Group’s main framework for partnership with the EU, the Cotonou Agreement, expires.
    She will be soon carrying out outreach and consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, including state and non state actors at the national, regional and all ACP levels. Key issues for the research include the ACP Group’s achievements and the performance of its different organs and institutions in a new global environment, the ACP’s privileged relationship with the European Union in the context of trade and international agreements, as well as the ACP’s relations with other regions and international
    “The ACP Group has a long and rich history defining its relations with the outside world and the former colonial powers after independence. In the new century the ideas and conception of cooperation is changing in a fundamental way and it can no longer be based on traditional dividing lines of established realities. This means that this exploration of the future of the ACP should go beyond the set paths, even though its historic achievements must inform the direction ahead", she has stated.
    The outcomes of the assignment will outline recommendations for future outlooks and various scenarios for the ACP Group.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link ACP and the EU: what future?
    Link 'EPAs threathen key sectors'


  18. 'GSP+' status to Cape Verde
    2011-12-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries, Archive

    Under this trade scheme, which grants preferential access to the EU market when certain conditions of good governance are fulfilled, +, Cape Verde will continue to enjoy generous preferential access to the EU after its graduation from the "Everything But Arms" (EBA) initiative. Cape Verde is today the first African nation to sign up to GSP+," says EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. "This is excellent news for the country's sustainable path to development and I am delighted that an EU trade instrument is supporting this".
    EBA and GSP+ are sub-schemes of the EU's "Generalised System of Preferences", which gives preferences for exports from 176 developing countries and territories. As a "Least Developed Country" (LDC), Cape Verde has enjoyed full, duty free – quota free access to EU markets (except for arms and ammunitions) through EBA which is the most generous preferential scheme for LDCs in the world. The EU champions the introduction of equally generous schemes for LDCs by other developed and emerging
    Cape Verde graduated from the "Least Developed Country" (LDC) UN status in 2008 and was granted a three-year transition period which expires on 31 December 2011 in order to allow market operators to adjust to a new tariff regime. In October 2011, Cape Verde applied for benefits under GSP+, a special incentive arrangement which provides enhanced access to EU markets to countries that commit to effectively implement 27 core international Conventions on the respect of human and labour rights, the environment and good governance. The European Commission today confirmed that Cape Verde fulfills the provisions to enjoy preferential access under
    The country continues to be part of negotiations for a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and West Africa, involving also Benin, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Mauritania.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read More
    Link EU-Cape Verde Relations
    Link GSP


  19. Strengthening maritime capacities in the Horn of Africa
    2011-12-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    With the objective of strengthening the capacity of states in the region to effectively govern their territorial waters and to reinforce their capacity to fight piracy, the Council has approved the concept for a new Common Security and Defence Policy mission to support regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean states. Support will be offered to Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Yemen as well as to Somalia.

    The new mission has two main tasks: strengthening the sea-going maritime capacities in the countries in the region (with the exception of Somalia) and, in Somalia, the training of a coastal police force as well as the training and protection of judges. Specific activities to execute those tasks are to give expert advice on legal, policy and operational matters concerning maritime security; coast guard training to develop the ability to enforce laws on the sea; and procurement of the necessary equipment.

    The mission is embedded in the recently adopted EU strategic framework for the Horn of Africa, setting out priority actions for the EU in that region. It is also complementary with two other CDSP missions in the region: EUNAVFOR Atalanta, contributing to the repression of piracy and to the protection of food aid shipments, and EUTM Somalia, training Somali security forces.

    The actual start of operations is subject to a separate Council decision.

     

    Source: The Council of European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EU Representative to the Horn of Africa
    Link Somali Fishing Industry


  20. Sahel: Major Food Crisis in 2012
    2011-12-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, Archive

    According to a recent article published by Oxfam International some indicators appear to point to a food crisis in 2012 in the Sahel. As the organization underlines, this region already experienced a major food crisis in 2010, affecting ten million people. The worst however can still be avoided.
    Mamadou Biteye, Oxfam Humanitarian Lead in West Africa has said that the situation is worrying for millions of people in West Africa. However she has added that “the worst is not yet inevitable” as the crisis has been identified at early stage.
    Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are the regions more affected. Oxfam stresses that to prevent further crises it is necessary to address the root causes and provide longer-term support.
    While the EU is currently  implementing its strategy on Security and Development in the region. Kristalina Georgieva, EU commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, urges immediate action.

     

     

    Source: Oxfam international


    Link Read more
    Link How preventing next Food Crisis
    Link Georgieva urges immediate action


  21. Firm action after Durban talks
    2011-12-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development, Food Security

    Jo Leinen (S&D, DE), Chair of the EU Parliament delegation to the summit (COP 17), recently said that though the agreement reached at UN climate talks in Durban is a breakthrough, it must be followed by firm action.“The EU deserves credit for drawing up a roadmap for all nations to respond to their relative responsibilities”, he added.

    He said that the successful talks must now lead to effective action.“There is still a great gap between the emission-reduction measures that have been promised and those that are needed. If an international deal will only take effect in 2020, the agreed target to limit warming to two degrees will be in serious danger.”

    Likewise, Karl-Heinz Florenz (EPP, DE), Vice-Chair of the EU Parliament delegation, added  that “the EU’s climate diplomacy has worked. The world has changed and it is right to define developing and developed countries according to the new realities. I welcome that China has shown it wants to take on new responsibilities and play a new role in the world. We all need to intensify our efforts because much remains to be done.”

     

    Source: The European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link 'Durban deal is weak'
    Link European Parliament delegation to Durban


  22. Reinforcing Security and Development in the Sahel
    2011-12-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative, recently met Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga and Mohamed Bazoum, Mali and Niger Foreign Affairs ministers respectively, as well as M. Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Delegate Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs. Ministers were joint by M. Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Brahim Khlil, Ambassador of Mauritania to the EU. Talks between the parties dealt with the EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel.

    The meeting took place as part of the implementation of the EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, and in a context marked by an increasing number of security incidents targeting European citizens, as well as the worrying consequences of the Libyan crisis for countries in the region. Maiga and Bazoum also met Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development.

    These four countries particularly suffer from the recent intensification of terrorist activities in the region, which resulted in the kidnapping of five Europeans in recent weeks, and the death of a German citizen. The EU has strongly condemned these acts.

    Given the emergence of new terrorist threats in northern Niger, the joint visit by the ministers is a concrete follow-up of the Algiers conference, held in September, aimed at promoting regional cooperation between Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger in their fight against terrorism in the Sahel region.

    Source: Consilium


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link EU Strategy in the Sahel
    Link Food crisis in the Sahel for 2012


  23. Annual Report 2011: EU Development policy
    2011-12-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive, Food Security

    In a recent report, the EU shows its efforts in 2010 to provide more and better aid and to deliver it more effectively. “Eradicating poverty remains at the heart of our efforts”, Andris Piebalgs, Development commissioner, says. The Annual Report  2011 is  aimed at  increasing  transparency and demonstrating  that EU aid improves people’s lives across the globe.
    The world began a fragile recovery in 2010 from the financial and economic crisis of 2008–2009. Developing countries were hardest hit by the crisis and had little scope to expand their economies. This situation made difficult the chances of reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the agreed 2015 deadline slip.
    Last year the EU presented the €1 billion initiative that will focus on progress on the MDGs where it is most urgently needed, such as maternal mortality. According to Piebalgs: “We were at the forefront of fighting hunger and poverty in the aftermath of the recent food and economic crises through the €1 billion food facility”.

     

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more [Full Report]
    Link MDGs further at risk
    Link Strengthening EU external action


  24. “Durban Platform for Enhanced Action”
    2011-12-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development

    After two weeks of talks delegates agreed to start work next year on a new legally binding treaty to cut greenhouse gases, expected to be decided by 2015 and come into force by 2020. Some however said that the action plan was not aggressive enough to slow the pace of global warming.
    Small island states and developing nations at risk claimed the deal marked the lowest common denominator possible and lacked the ambition needed to ensure their survival.
    Agreement on the package avoided a collapse of the talks and spared the blushes of host South Africa, whose stewardship of the two weeks of often fractious negotiations came under fire from rich and poor nations.
    “The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action” would "develop a new protocol, another legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force" that would be applicable under the UN climate convention. That phrasing, agreed at a last-ditch huddle in the conference centre between the European Union, India, China and the United States, was used by all parties to claim victory.
    Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Foreign Minister, said that they came “with plan A” and they have concluded the meeting “with plan A to save one planet for the future of our children and our grandchildren to come". "We have made history," she concluded.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read More
    Link DPEA Ad Hoc Working Group
    Link 'Let them eat carbon'



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