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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A legally-binding climate agreement has been reached in France after marathon negotiations took the Paris climate summit into a day of overtime on Saturday. The agreement, which was to be adopted on Friday, represents several compromises, including on positions originally held by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). CARICOM delegations in Paris tell AMG that they are satisfied with that they have been able to enshrine in the text, not least a provision for compensation for loss and damage attributable to climate change, and a mandate to lower global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over current levels. The text was not adopted with full support, however.

At the 'Focus on Energy' side event during COP21 in Paris, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has today signed seven joint declarations to reinforce cooperation on sustainable energy and climate change. The countries concerned are Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Madagascar and Cameroon, as well as the Indian Ocean Commission. Commissioner Mimica said: "These declarations are a major milestone in the path to achieving universal access to energy through the development of renewable sources.

Monday, 14 December 2015

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.

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.

Friday, 11 December 2015

A group of 79 developing countries from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, made a joint declaration on climate change with the European Union on Tuesday (8 December), in a sign that the EU is wielding its diplomatic clout in Paris. The EU and the group of countries known by the acronym ACP agreed that the climate deal in Paris should be “legally binding, inclusive, fair, ambitious, durable and dynamic,” that it should have a long-term goal, and include a five-year review mechanism.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Kenya is set to benefit from a Sh8.5 billion fund set aside by the European Union (EU) to prevent loss of life and destruction of property in the Horn of Africa region as a result of the ongoing El Niño rains, Footprint to Africa reports. It will be recalled that travelers got stranded after El Niño rains swept off a road at Kambi Karai in West Pokot County, northwestern Kenya on November 10, 2015. According to the EU, the fund will be shared out between Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Somali and Uganda, which have a combined 14.4 million people affected by the heavy rains so far. The EU has announced aid of up to Sh13.5 billion to finance emergency actions in countries affected by the El Niño rains in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

The success of the current climate change conference in Paris for small states will be judged by only two criteria: The limiting of global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, and firm and binding commitments by the industrialised nations to provide financing for adaptation and mitigation, without which small island developing states are in grave jeopardy. At the time of writing, the prospects for such success are not encouraging. It would be a travesty if the representatives of small states were to join the expected chorus of governments of industrialised nations that are expected to declare the conference a success even if they fail to deliver on curbing carbon emissions and on financing.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015

The European Union (EU) launched the GCCA+, its largest initiative to combat climate change in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable places, notably the group of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus, a flagship initiative and successor of the GCCA, will allocate around €350 million over a seven-year period (2014-2020) – in addition to private and national public investments. The official launch, held in Brussels on 29 October, comes at a historic moment. In December leaders from around the world will gather in Paris for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to agree a treaty tackling the 21st century’s most pressing issue.

Monday, 07 December 2015

We, the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), meeting in Brussels Belgium on 24th and 25th November 2015; 1. Reaffirm that the adverse impacts of climate change poses immediate and long-term significant risks to sustainable development efforts and threatens the very survival of the 79 developing countries, including 48 from Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific, that make up the ACP Group.