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Thursday, 19 October 2017

An issue paper adopted by the ACP Group’s Sub-committee on Sustainable Development will serve as the basis of a common ACP position at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris this December. Essentially, the document reaffirms the view that climate change is the single greatest challenge to the sustainable livelihoods, security and well-being of African, Caribbean and Pacific peoples, posing immediate and long-term significant risks to sustainable development efforts. Climate change threatens the very survival of the 79 developing countries that make up the ACP Group.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Natural formations are amongst the most exposed to the effects of climate change and the risk of submersion. Moreover, the atolls of the Pacific are amongst the least well-known and often forgotten in international negotiations. In the run up to COP21, the French Development Agency commissioned a study at the end of 2014 which aims to identify and compare the factors that determine social and environmental resilience. The  results from the studies of Micronesia, Kiribati and the archipelago of Tuamotu (French Polynesia) were presented at the Infopoint.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Caribbean Development Bank have signed a letter of intent to strengthen future co-operation. EIB Vice President Pim Van Ballekom said:"We are recognising the need to support investment to Climate Change issues because the Caribbean islands are quite vulnerable to this." The EIB shall open an office in Barbados in the coming months, which will foster working closely with the EU Delegation both in Barbados and the neighbouring islands.

Lies Craeynest, Oxfam EU policy advisor on climate change and global food security explains that keeping global temperatures from rising by more than two degrees will cost a lot, but the world’s poorest countries should not have to suffer in order for the bill to be paid. Craeynest notes that even if world leaders in Paris agree to commit to limit global warming to two degrees, large sums of financial support will be needed to adapt to the inevitable consequences of climate change: Africa is expected to face costs of $50 billion a year by 2050 under a two-degree scenario – that is equivalent to half of all today’s aid.

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete travelled to Brazil and Ecuador to advance dialogue and cooperation on climate action between the EU and Latin American and Caribbean countries. The trip came just weeks ahead of the landmark UN climate summit (COP21) in December. In Brazil, the Commissioner met with Brazilian Minister of Environment Izabella Teixeira and Vice-Minister Ambassador José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, as well as President Rafael Correa and Ecuador's Energy and Climate Ministers.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

On Thursday 5th November, the European External Cooperation Infopoint held a lunch time conferecen on ‘Services to face climate change: Making climate information available and pertinent for everyday decisions.’ Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit, DG Development Cooperation on Thematic intra-ACP prgorammes introduced the conference, alongside Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou , Assistant Secretary General of the ACP and Head of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade at the ACP Secretariat. Presentatioins were made by Mr. Jolly Wasambo, MESA Project Coordinator at the African Union Commission.

Thursday, 05 November 2015

On Tuesday 3rd November, the EU’s External Action Infopoint held a conference to discuss climate finance in the context of international climate change negotiations. The conference entitled ‘Climate Finance at COP21 and beyond’ highlighted the importance of achieving an ambitious outcome on climate finance in order to support sustainable and climate resilient development across the developing world. Presentations were made by Maeve McLynn, Policy Coordinator Climate Change and Development, CAN Europe – climate change finance at the UNFCC; Mette Quinn, Deputy head of Unit, DG Climate (Climate change and deforestation)  and Mathieu Vervynckt, Eurodad. Here is the presentation.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015

Climate finance of all kinds now enjoys broad support and could be the ace up the sleeve of many developing countries ahead of the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) . It has become clear that the success of the COP 21 hinges on the question of finance, without which the world will surely fail to wean itself off carbon. Developed countries have promised to provide $100 billion per year to help poor countries with the sustainable energy transition and to deal with the effects of climate change. This point took centre atsge at the recent IMF and World Bank meetings in Lima.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is increasing its support for the development of green energy in the Eastern Caribbean. DFID has announced an agreement to contribute around $3.9 million USD to the Caribbean Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy for the Eastern Caribbean initiative. The program provides financing designed to advance sustainable energy solutions in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A group of 30 agencies under the banner Somalia NGO Consortium warned that El Nino conditions are expected to severely hit the Horn of Africa nation during the rainy season. Oxfam’s Somalia Country Director Enzo Vecchio explained, “Thousands of people in Somalia are already feeling the effects of this super El Nino, seeing their crops fail, livestock stressed and the price of staple foods soar because of shortages (…) Such extreme weather events are only going to increase as climate change ramps up. We are likely to see floods in the coming weeks which risk devastating communities reliant on food aid for survival and pushing many more into crisis.”