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Monday, 28 May 2018

PANA learnt on Wednesday from official sources that Cape Verde and the European Union (EU) have signed, in New York, a joint declaration with the aim of strengthening cooperation in the domain of renewable energy in order to increase access to these sustainable energy sources. According to an EU press release, this agreement was signed with Cape Verde and another group of countries during the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Summit on Climate Change, attended by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Thursday, 09 October 2014

Unilever, Ikea, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Electric are among the 57 global companies, funds and associations that have signed a letter to support a “robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long-term climate objectives and that can deliver a global climate change agreement at the 2015 Paris CoP.”Energy and environment ministers from EU member states met earlier this week to discuss a compromise climate deal in advance of the Oct. 23-24 summit, where leaders will decide on 2030 policies.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014

While negotiations are moving forward rapidly between the major emerging economies and developed countries on climate change, Small Island Developing States, faced with rising sea levels, are trying to make their voices heard. The talks between developed countries and the major emerging economies on the sharing of climate debt are at a very advanced stage. The Small Island Developing States, in the front line as regards the impact of global warming, are actively preparing for the Paris Climate Conference, to be held in 2015. 

Friday, 03 October 2014

According to the new agreements made by the Rwandan Government with the European Union(EU), the latter finances Rwanda's clean energy projects to develop sustainable sources of energy to maintain the country's rapid growth. Rwandan President Paul Kagame signed the support agreement in New York yesterday with Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission, at the sideline of the Climate Change Summit. It is expected that Rwanda will reap benefits worth €3.3 billion ($4b) from project along with five other African nations.

Thursday, 02 October 2014

A new study by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will for the first time, bring to the fore a serious discussion on the specific plight of African Small Island Development States, as they face rising sea levels, and dwindling economic activities in the face of climate change, according to officials of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC). (see summary of the study, Blue Economy - Are African Small Islands Ready to Embrace the Opportunities?) The study provides an update on the predicament of Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, São Tomé & Principe and Seychelles that often gets drowned in a narrative that focuses more on biophysical impacts with only superficial references to social vulnerability to climate change in these countries.

Monday, 15 September 2014

THE EU is assisting Fiji in trying to get the message across to the biggest pollutants in the world that Pacific countries are the most vulnerable to climate change. EU ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs said in terms of financial support, the EU was making billions of dollars available for climate change globally. He said Fiji would receive $3.4million through these initiatives. He said the National Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change brought people together to manage and work on climate change issues, and they would make a difference at the national platform.

Monday, 08 September 2014

EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will represent the EU at the UN Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), organised in Samoa from 1 to 4 September. The event, which takes place every 10 years, will aim to put in the spotlight the significant challenges that these small islands face. The Commissioner will confirm EU's renewed commitment to address the special needs and vulnerabilities of SIDS. Due to their small size, the lack of domestic markets and economies of scale, the SIDS face geographic isolation and have limited institutional capacities. They are all greatly affected by climate change and confronted with rising sea levels, great dependence on highly costly imported fossil fuels, and face frequent natural and man-made disasters.

Having lived and worked for more than a decade in four Caribbean countries, I have witnessed firsthand how Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are extremely vulnerable to challenges ranging from debt and unemployment to climate change and sea level rise.Such aspects make their paths towards sustainable development probably more complex than non-SIDS countries. That was my experience, working closely with governments, civil society organisations and the people of Belize, Cuba, Guyana and Haiti – where I led the U.N. Development Programme's (UNDP) reconstruction efforts after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.

A new research and development programme in the Pacific brings together the CGIAR and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) to address climate-change-adaptation needs of Pacific fishers and farmers. The Pacific peoples are dependent on coastal resources for their livelihoods. Research has highlighted their extreme vulnerability to the effects of climate change, which is driving sea-level rise, ocean acidification, increased temperatures, erratic patterns of seasonality and increases in typhoons. CTA and the international agricultural research centres supported by CGIAR are joining forces to initiate a research and development (R&D) programme to build resilience and strengthen adaptation to climate change and variability amongst fishers and farmers in the Pacific region.

Monday, 01 September 2014

Climate is changing and the most immediate impact is likely to be from extreme climate events such as droughts, floods, storms and cyclones. The 2012 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events (SREX) and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation provides clear evidence that climate change has already affected the magnitude and frequency of some climate extremes. The UK’s Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review (HERR) predicted that globally 375 million people a year will be affected by climate-related disasters by 2015, and recommended that DFID should integrate the threat from climate change and other potential hazards into disaster risk reduction. The BRACED programme is part of DFID’s response to this recommendation.