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Friday, 27 November 2015

ACP wants 'legally binding' agreement at Paris climate conference

The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group says it wants a "legally binding agreement" to be adopted when the global community meets in Paris later this month for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). ACP Secretary General Dr Patrick Gomes will be heading a delegation to the November 30 to December 11 conference and, according to a document released here, the ACP states that "the adverse impact of climate change remains the single greatest challenge to the sustainable livelihoods, security and well-being of our people. "It poses immediate and long-term significant risks to sustainable development efforts and threatens the very survival of the 79 developing countries that make up the ACP group," the statement said. The ACP said that adapting to climate change is therefore a high priority for all its members, "and especially those which are particularly vulnerable, including the small island developing states (SIDS), the less developed countries (LDCs)". The document, which is being presented to the 102nd Session of the ACP Council of Ministers, notes that the fight against climate change must be tackled in an "urgent, cohesive and decisive manner at the international, regional and national levels, collectively by both developed and developing countries taking into consideration the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities"..

Source: Jamaica Observer