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Thursday, 03 April 2014

EU-Africa Ministerial Statement on Climate Change

On the occasion of the EU-Africa Summit, EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, the President of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) Binilith Mahenge, and the African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Tumusiime hosted a ministerial climate seminar in Brussels on 1 April 2014.
"The EU and Africa are determined to adopt in Paris in 2015 a fair, balanced, equitable and ambitious legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC applicable to all and guided by its principles, which will come into effect by 2020 at the latest. The EU and Africa acknowledge the need to implement existing commitments made under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol on mitigation, adaptation, provision of finance, technology and capacity building support to developing countries. We urge and request all developed country Parties, as well as the operating entities of the financial mechanism and any other organizations in a position to do so to provide support as early as possible in 2014. The EU is determined to support Africa in this regard. Recognising the specific challenges for Africa, both sides highlight the need for the Paris Agreement of 2015 to address in a comprehensive and balanced manner mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, transparency of action and support, capacity building, which will require adequate financial resources for Africa in accordance with the Convention.
We recognise the urgent need to adapt to the impacts of climate change for the African continent. One example for instance, the Africa Adaptation Gap Report (2013) estimates that Africa will have to face very significant adaptation costs: it cites up to $7-15 billion per year by 2020. The adaptation challenge could be more difficult if the emissions gap is not closed and mitigation beyond 2020 falls short of the objective to limit warming to well below 2°C. We welcome the ongoing work on the elaboration of a comprehensive Africa-wide Adaptation Programme to build the resilience of the continent around common climate risks shared by the majority of countries. Both sides declare their determination to strengthen the adaptation funding and mainstreaming as well as cooperate to increase funding from all sources.
The forth-coming UN Climate Change Conference in Lima will be an important step towards the 2015 Paris Agreement. Africa and the EU will closely work together before and at this Conference on issues mentioned above as well as other relevant topics.
We confirm that action on climate change is a central area of the Africa-EU Partnership and that we will do all that is in our power to convince other partners of the need for a fair, balanced, equitable and ambitious legally binding agreement to be adopted by the end of 2015, and of the need to raise global pre-2020 ambition".
Source: European Commission