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Friday, 20 November 2009

Council conclusions on Climate change and development

The 2974th External Relations Council meeting held in Brussels on 17 November 2009 called on EU Member States and the Commission to further integrate adaptation, risk reduction, mitigation efforts, into development cooperation policies, strategies and activities, building on dialogue with partner countries and, inter alia, on the Council Conclusions on an EU strategy for Supporting Disasters Risk Reduction in Developing Countries, and the Council Conclusions on Integrating Environment in Development Cooperation. In this regard, the Council supports the OECD guidance on integrating climate change adaptation into development cooperation as well as work on developing a climate change adaptation marker. The Council noted that the 10th EDF Mid-Term Review and other relevant and similar reviews of geographic and thematic instruments provide an opportunity to enhance the integration of climate change issues into development cooperation.The Council invited EU Member States and the Commission to support National Adaptation Programmes of Action priorities and priorities identified in related planning documents in the short term, as well as supporting a country-owned process of formulating and implementing national adaptation actions and integrating them into national development plans, strategies and budgets. The Council urgeds EU Member States and the Commission to base their development cooperation and support on the perspectives of partner countries and the human capacity to address the challenges of mitigation and adaptation within the overall context of national ownership.

Source: Council of the EU