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Friday, 23 June 2017

Africa’s bid to combat the potentially devastating consequences of climate change has received a major boost with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and European Union announcing plans to spend €3.42 million to bolster low-carbon, climate-resilient development on the continent. Climate change threatens to push millions of people in Africa into extreme poverty by 2030 as crop yields decline, water grows scarce, droughts intensify and food prices increase. Roughly 18 million people on the continent could be affected by floods every year as global warming rises.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The European Union will focus mainly in the agriculture sector as part of its TC Winston Post Rehabilitation Works. This was confirmed to FBC News by the Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific- Christophe Wagner. “One of the areas we are focusing on is on the agriculture area or the agriculture field. We want to help the rural communities in terms of livelihoods, rebuild the livelihoods and also in terms of seeds program and also in the sugar area and also in other areas to help them replant and overcome the difficulties and also in the medium term to become more resilient so we will look at crops that are more resilient to this type of disasters.”

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

The European Union will be directing more funds to the government for Post TC Winston Rehabilitation works. This was confirmed to FBC News by Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner. “For us this is an opportunity to help Fiji very quickly so first we redirect assisting funds and have worked with partners like with the Pacific Community and then we will mobilize additional funds and some of these went through humanitarian aid which also came in quickly and other is also more in longer terms.

The Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner, urged Pacific leaders to continue spearheading international work on climate change mitigation and adaptation, based on the success of the high-ambition coalition in the lead-up to Paris Agreement last November. Wagner made the call at the 4th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders' Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands this week. Wagner explained EU's ongoing work to implement the Paris Agreement on mitigation - in order to reach the EU 40% reduction goal of green-house gas emissions by 2030.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Fiji village that was battered by a landslide in 2012, slammed by that year's Cyclone Evan and then again by Cyclone Winston, is being relocated. A ground breaking ceremony is being held today at the relocated site of Tuturaki village which was destroyed by the triple disasters. Tuturaki was inland from Lautoka on Viti Levu and is being moved further into the island's interior. The initiative of Fiji's National Disaster Management Office will cost $US289,000 dollars and is being implemented by the Pacific Community. The European Union has also backed the project.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

There is a need to devise extensive strategies on how to deal with the adverse effects of climate change, former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has said. Chissano made the remarks last Wednesday during the 31st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations and European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA). He said climate change continues to pose major threats to the development of countries globally, and have far-reaching consequences on weather patterns in some countries.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The so-called COP21 agreement will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Those countries will then be legally bound by it. The Commission's new proposal comes just weeks after the EU and 174 countries formally signed the Paris agreement, the world's first universal legally binding deal to tackle climate change, in New York. In an announcement on Friday, the Commission said it intends, in the coming months, to propose state targets to reduce emissions in those sectors not covered by the EU emissions trading system, such as transport, agriculture and buildings

Friday, 17 June 2016

This year, the G7 summit will take place from 26 to 27 May in Ise-Shima (Japan). The European Union will be represented by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. The main topics on the agenda, as set out by this year's Japan presidency, are the global economy, investment, trade, the refugee crisis, climate change and energy, the fight against terrorism, foreign policy and development. Leaders will also discuss several global health policy issues, gender equality and women’s rights (...) Traditionally, a number of third country heads of state and government, as well as chairpersons of international organisations, are invited to participate in parts of the summit. From ASEAN member states, the heads of state and government of Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea are invited. In addition, the President of Chad – the current Chairperson of the African Union – and, from the international organisations, the chairpersons of the UN, OECD, ADB, IMF and the World Bank are invited. As the Ise-Shima summit is the first summit held in Asia in eight years, the Japanese hosts have indicated that the topic of one of the outreach meetings will focus on Asia. In another outreach session, participants will address the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on Africa.

Source: europa.eu

Friday, 27 May 2016

Leaders from the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are expected in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 30th May – 1st June for the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government. The Summit will discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena. Discussions will take into consideration recent key international developments, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism. The Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea has confirmed the advanced state of preparations towards hosting the Summit, which will be chaired by its Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Peter O’Neill, who takes over from the current President-in-Office, H.E Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. “This is a very important event, taking place at an important time in the history of the ACP Group. The future of the organisation, in terms of where it goes after the expiration of the Cotonou Agreement [the comprehensive agreement between the ACP Group and its main development partner, the European Union] in 2020 is a fundamental issue with flow-on consequences… It’s about legacy creation,” stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of PNG, Hon. Rimbink Pato.

Source: acp.int

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

An emergency response vehicle and 208 water tanks have been provided to the Republic of the Marshall Islands this week as part of ongoing support to boost emergency response efforts in the small Pacific Island nation. The timely gesture has been made possible through the European Union’s €19.37million Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project (BSRP), implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC). The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs presented the emergency response vehicle to the National Disaster Management Office in the capital, Majuro, today and will travel to the outer atolls of Marshall Islands including Aur, Tobal and Maloelap to see firsthand the important work of drought response and solar projects that are occurring in these communities. Maloelap is one of the 14 atoll islands that were electrified with 100 solar home systems under the EU-SPC partnership through the North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (North-REP).

Source: saipantribune.com