Climate change remains a major collective concern for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, which are particularly vulnerable to its negative effects. A special meeting organised by the ACP Sub-Committee for Sustainable Development laid the groundwork for an enhanced ACP role at the COP23 global climate talks in Bonn, Germany this November. The Special Meeting on the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 held at the ACP House on 14-15 March sought to assess the outcomes of the previous climate conference (COP 22), and identify follow-up actions, with an emphasis on key issues for the ACP Group including mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, capacity building and REDD+. “The adverse impacts of climate change remains the single greatest challenge to the sustainable livelihood, security and well-being of our people, posing immediate and long term risks to sustainable development efforts,” said ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes. Representatives from the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions, as well as negotiating groups including the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), G77 +China, and the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) made presentations on actions to implement the Paris Agreements, along with members of key institutions such as the European Commission, UNDP, UNEP and UNFCCC.
Source: ACP Brussels