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Thursday, 26 March 2015

France helps Fiji with COP 21 contribution

France has agreed to give financial aid to help developing countries implement projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The EU is encouraging other member states to follow suit ahead of the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. All 195 participants - countries in the global South, as well as major economic powers such as the European Union, the United States and Japan - must present its objectives for reducing CO2 emissions and its plans to adapt to climate change. While climate negotiations had previously been divided into two categories: developing countries and developed countries, the new concept of "Common but Differentiated Responsibilities" gives developing countries a new level of responsibility. The challenges faced by poorer countries include unreliable or non-existent data on CO2 emissions, lack of expertise on climate change, and a lack of resources to implement any changes. The AFD has given €3.5 million to help 20 poorer countries prepare for COP. The first participants include Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Fiji.