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Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Climate diplomacy: EU and the Pacific join forces

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will attend the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea this week. The visit comes few months ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris (COP21). Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "The EU and the Pacific are long-standing allies in the fight against climate change. Countries in this region are amongst the most vulnerable to its impacts – as demonstrated by the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in March. This year's Forum will be an important opportunity to unite together with the view to secure a strong and credible global climate deal that will significantly accelerate the global transition to a climate resilient sustainable future." Commissioner Arias Cañete will sign sustainable energy declarations with six Pacific countries (the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Tonga) which aim to accelerate action towards their national energy objectives and increase access to sustainable energy.

Source: unisdr.org