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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

EU-ACP Joint Declaration on Rio+20

As we informed our readers, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers met last week in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Given the upcoming meeting in Rio, a Joint declaration was issued. While the ministers note with great concern that the adverse impacts of climate change, the loss of biodiversity, increasing water scarcity and land degradation can have devastating consequences on progress towards sustainable development in many countries, they also recognise the importance of adequate means of implementation at all levels for the outcome of the Rio+20 conference.
Speaking of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - a key topic in the last Brussels Development Briefing -, Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked ACP States and countries affected by drought, desertification and floods, ministers highlight their awareness of the vulnerability to and impact of natural disasters in these.
On a positive note, they welcome the proposal on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and believe that “the development of such goals could be one of the means through which the monitoring of the implementation of sustainable development commitments can be enhanced; and consider that the process of elaborating these goals must be coordinated and coherent with the MDGs review process, recognising the importance of having an overarching framework for post 2015 that, in a holistic and coherent way, encompasses the three dimensions of sustainable development, without deviating from efforts to achieve the MDGs by 2015”.
Additionally, they  emphasize that the diffusion of safe green technologies can help ACP countries exploit their rich natural resource base without undermining their sustainability and that trade.

Source: Council of the EU/CTA