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Monday, 07 December 2015

EU: GCCA+ to tackle climate change in developing countries

The European Union (EU) launched the GCCA+, its largest initiative to combat climate change in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable places, notably the group of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus, a flagship initiative and successor of the GCCA, will allocate around €350 million over a seven-year period (2014-2020) – in addition to private and national public investments. The official launch, held in Brussels on 29 October, comes at a historic moment. In December leaders from around the world will gather in Paris for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to agree a treaty tackling the 21st century’s most pressing issue. “Climate change can bring about an unprecedented reversal in the progress towards poverty eradication and undermine efforts towards sustainable and inclusive development,” said Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. “It is a high priority for the European Union to help the most vulnerable countries win this fight while making the transition to a greener and more sustainable economy,” the Commissioner told the audience gathered in downtown Brussels. The main aim of the GCCA+ is to tackle climate change, especially in Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries, where changing weather patterns, extreme weather events, and rising sea levels have already become a reality.

Source: tralac