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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Representatives from government, international organizations, climate science and farmer organizations met at a three-day workshop to share experiences on how development and implementation of national climate change policies, strategies and action plans have interacted with the adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Africa.

Development of Sustainable Tuna fisheries in the Pacific is vital if the tuna market is to be maintained in the region. Head of European Commission’s Office to the OCT’s in the Pacific, Efstratios Pegidis said the importance of tuna fisheries resources for the Pacific Islands’ is well known. “Tuna fisheries provide a vital source of food, employment, recreation, trade and economic well-being for people throughout the Pacific. Therefore, every effort should be made to ensure that fisheries activities are conducted in a responsible manner, in order to allow present and future generations to benefit from its exploitation.

Nationals from 16 small island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific regions, the United Arab Emirates, Peru and Colombia will now be able to come to the Schengen area of the European Union without a visa. Commissioner of the European Parliament has confirmed that it has voted in favour of visa-free travel for the nationals of 19 countries.
"I am pleased that once the necessary procedures are completed. This will open up opportunities and advantages also for EU citizens, as any existing visa requirement for EU citizens to travel to these countries will be eliminated," Cecilia Malmstrom, commissioner for home affairs said.

The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.  Regarding climate change, the Council addressed: ‘A policy framework on climate and energy for the period 2020-2030;' and the need to prepare for negotiations of a new global climate agreement. Regarding ratification of the Kyoto Protocol's second commitment, ratification in early 2015 was suggested in order to enhance the credibility of the EU and its member States in the UN climate negotiations.

The Pacific Region is preparing a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) to more effectively address the risks and challenges posed by climate change and disasters within the context of sustainable development. The SRDP will integrate disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change, and succeed to two existing frameworks - the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action (RFA) and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) - both of which are set to expire in 2015. The Pacific Region is the world's first to fully integrate DRM and climate change into a single policy framework.