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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group says it wants a "legally binding agreement" to be adopted when the global community meets in Paris later this month for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). ACP Secretary General Dr Patrick Gomes will be heading a delegation to the November 30 to December 11 conference and, according to a document released here, the ACP states that "the adverse impact of climate change remains the single greatest challenge to the sustainable livelihoods, security and well-being of our people.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Zambian Communication and Transport Minister Kapembwa Simbao says SADC member states need to address bottlenecks of non-tariff barriers to facilitate smooth flow of trade in the region. And Mr Simbao says climate has become part and parcel of national development plans which calls for more investment to mitigate its effects. He says Zambia and Zimbabwe are facing one of the worst effects of climate change which has seen the rapid decrease of water levels in Lake Kariba.

Monday, 23 November 2015

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.