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Monday, 14 November 2011

ACP primes for COP17 with energy summit

Key talks amongst members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States will take place this week in Brussels in preparation for the United Nations’ global conference on climate change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa in late November.

The ACP Group will hold a one-day conference on renewable energy on Monday 14 November, before spending the next two days exchanging views towards a common position for COP17, hosted this year by ACP member state South Africa.

“Energy is a very critical topic for the ACP region, especially since it plays a major part in development itself. We are not only looking at how to unlock solutions to energy crises in our developing nations, but also how to do so in ways that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. The link between sustainable energy practices and climate change is very explicit,” stated Assistant Secretary General of the ACP Group, Mr Achille Bassilekin III.

The Conference on Renewable Energy will bring together about 200 key stakeholders from across Europe and the ACP countries to share information and make recommendations on benefits of renewables and investment opportunities.

Based on the presentations and roundtable dialogue, experts will draft a detailed action plan for promoting partnerships on energy sources in ACP countries, including a sound response to climate change. The document will be published at a later date.

ACP Ambassadors will then hold preparatory meetings for COP17 on 15 and 16 November.

Source: ACP Group of States