Following the decision of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on revised accounting rules from soils and forests adopted in December 2011, the EU seems to determined to close the gap in common accounting in its climate policy. As the European Commission (EC) has adopted a new proposal on accounting of greenhouse gases emissions, it “has taken a first step towards incorporating removals and emissions from forests and agriculture into the EU's climate policy”, says the EC Press service.
-13-15 March: Parliamentary session (Strasbourg)
Council of Ministers
-14/16 March: COREPER I
-14 March: COREPER II
-16 March: Foreign Affairs Council (International Trade)
-13 March: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
-15 March: Committee of ACP Ambassadors
-16 March: S/C on Sustainable Development
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As we have been informing our readers in recent weeks, the Sahel region is being hit severely by a food crisis. In the course of the last Brussels Briefing, entitled “New challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in ACP countries”, we met Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, coordinator of the Chadian Association of Indigenous Mbororo women and peoples (AFPAT), and the Sahel region representative at the Indigenous Peoples of African Coordinating Committee (IPACC). She explained to us the situation of Indigenous people amid the food crisis and shared some of the preliminary findings of the RIO+20 preparation, in which she takes part.
According to recent reports, Commissioner Piebalgs will share the results of the European Water Initiative at the World Water Forum in Marseille next week. This event comes at the same time as the international community can celebrate that the Millennium Development Goal on sustainable access to drinking water has been achieved, five years before the deadline of 2015. However, the remaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially sanitation, remain off-track and the EU will intensify its efforts to achieve the goals on time.
Following her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kristalina Georgieva, has announced the European Commission will strengthen its humanitarian air service in the DRC with additional funding for helicopters bringing relief and aid workers, up to €4million more this year. The funding will improve the access of humanitarian aid agencies to remote areas in DRC where relief aid is needed but impossible to bring by land. This decision brings the European Commission's humanitarian aid to the DRC to more than €60 million in 2012.