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Monday, 23 October 2017

Council of the EU

14-15 December: Foreign Affairs Council
14-15 December: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
15 December: General Affairs Council
16 December: Environment Council
17-18 December: European Council

European Parliament

14-17 December: European Parliament plenary session
14-17 December: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Commission

15 December (Vienna): Modelling energy scenarios for South Eastern Europe
15 December (Luxembourg): Transforming Europe towards the digital age
16 December: Stakeholders meeting – Fact-finding on remuneration under CRD IV
16 December: European tourism day 2015

InfoPoint

14 December: Addressing Intentionally Cultural Difference. Intercultural Communication in Development and Cooperation
17 December: Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation

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African research and education network associations the UbuntuNet Alliance, ASREN and WACREN have partnered with their European counterpart GÉANT in a €26.6m EU co-funded project to provide dedicated high-speed internet all over Africa. This follows the success of the AfricaConnect project which contributed to the creation of the UbuntuNet – the high-speed network for research and education in Eastern and Southern Africa – between 2011 and 2015. AfricaConnect2 will develop high-capacity internet networks across the entire African continent and connect them to the European GÉANT network, allowing students, researchers and academics in Africa and beyond to collaborate.

The French government and nine other partners on Tuesday renewed commitment to mobilise a cumulative $10 billion between 2015 and 2020 to boost access to energy in Africa. Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, Sweden, Netherlands and the European Union (EU) will jointly provide the money which will help developing countries adapt to global warming and build renewable energy sources. Germany is contributing $3.3 billion, while France, the US, Britain, Canada, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and the EU Commission would contribute the remaining $6.7 billion.

A delegation from the European Union and European Commission and officials of Concern Universal Country Office last Friday visited the Waste Innovation Centre in Brikama. The occasion was also graced by ward councilors, senior staff of the Brikama Area Council, Women Initiative Gambia (WIG) and officials from The Global Climate Change Alliance Livelihood. The centre, located at the Brikama Area Council Annex, is part of a four-month pilot project funded by the European Union, Waste-Aid and Concern Universal, in partnership with the Brikama Area Council and Women Initiative Gambia (WIG).

Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s ministry of environment, on Tuesday signed a €6 million project to assist CARICOM member states to mitigate climate variability and change. This project, which was negotiated between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) and the ministry for the environment, land and sea in Italy, aims to address several issues affecting CARICOM states under the rubric of climate change, inclusive of mitigation, adaptation and vulnerability.

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