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Saturday, 22 October 2016

The European Union Ambassador to the Pacific says the ratification of the Paris Agremeent on climate change owes a lot to the efforts and cooperation between the EU and Pacific nations. Andrew Jacobs is attending the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change Leaders Summit with other government heads in Tuvalu this week. Mr Jacobs said together the Pacific and EU were at the heart of the High Ambition Coalition which ensured that the Paris Agreement was robust and ambitious. With ratifications this week the Agreement enters into force in November.

Poor harvests, hunger and rising food prices: climate change threatens food production around the world. The solution to all of this could be free trade, researcher Hermann Lotze-Campen told EurActiv Germany. Hermann Lotze-Campen is chair of the department for Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and is the co-author of a new study on the influence of climate change on economic losses in agriculture. A new PIK study, which you co-authored, says that even a small increase in average temperature may have consequences on regional crops.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

From January 2016, thousands of pastoralists arrived in Djibouti from the Somali region of Ethiopia and from the Somaliland Region of Somalia, fleeing one of the most severe droughts of the last decade. Many pregnant women and children under five among the displaced showed signs of acute malnutrition and anemia. Half of the adult men and women were underweight and many were suffering chronic coughs, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases. In April 2016, the number of displaced pastoralists totalled 9,650 in different settlement sites in Ali-Sabieh, Dickhil and Obock regions of Djibouti.

The first enhanced political dialogue between the Independent State of Samoa and the European Union under Article 8 of the ACP-EU partnership (Cotonou) Agreement was held in Apia on 4 of October. The discussions covered political and economic developments in Samoa and the European Union as well as key strategic topics of mutual interest for both sides. The meeting was chaired on the Samoan side by the Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, and by HE Mr Andrew Jacobs, Head of Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

EU-GIZ partnership to benefit island communities and schools through improved supply of clean water, access to solar-powered electricity and fuel from biogas. Fourteen Pacific island countries and Timor Leste are working on 22 projects to increase resilience and improve access to fresh water and energy for island communities. The projects are funded by the European Union, through their EDF10 Pacific Regional Programme (PRIP).

Tuesday, 04 October 2016

Europe is at last fully converted to the merits of boosting investment in order to achieve sustainable growth. The EU is doing so with an internal investment plan (commonly referred to as the Juncker Plan or as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), writes San Bilal. San Bilal is the Head of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) Economic Transformation and Trade Programme. In his State of the Union address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the doubling of its duration and its amount, to at least €500 billion.

Friday, 23 September 2016

The cost of disaster is critical in determining the support and impact on countries and the Federated States of Micronesia has been struggling to determine the full cost of Typhoons Maysak and Dolphin in 2015 and the recent crippling drought. To support this process, a Post Disasters Needs Assessment training is being conducted for disaster experts from the four states of FSM — Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap. The training which begins today in Colonia, Yap, is supported by the Pacific Community or SPC and the European Union through the ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Renewable energy projects across the world received funding worth $6 billion in 2015 from multilateral banks, a recent report has revealed. The World Bank, The European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provided a total of $25 billion in climate finance across the world. Around 20% of this investment (i.e., $5 billion) went into adaptation projects, while the remaining 80% was invested into mitigation projects.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Netherlands has unveiled a Euro 3,5 million ($3,9 million) fund to mitigate the effects of the El Nino induced drought through a number of strategies including providing crop and livestock inputs in the affected areas. A total of seven non-governmental organisations namely; Plan International Zimbabwe, Terres De Homes, World Vision, International Rescue committee, Cordaid and ICCO/Act-Alliance have joined hands under Zimbabwe Joint Drought Response (ZIMJR) Initiative to implement the project.

Africa remains one of the most difficult markets to penetrate, riddled by bankability issues and a distinct lack of the right kind of strategic partnerships. To expedite and support solar investment on the continent, SolarPower Europe and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) have teamed up to facilitate business cooperation between African and European stakeholders. The RECP is a development programme funded by the European Commission and several EU member states including Austria, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

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