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Monday, 16 July 2018
A man desperately reaches for a river bank as flood water pushes him to a likely death in the Lingadzi river in Kasache village close to Lake Malawi. Four rescuers in bright orange life jackets throw him a line in a last frantic attempt to reach him, realising this may be the last opportunity of saving his life. He reaches successfully for the line with his last reserves of energy and is finally pulled out spluttering water from his lungs. This man was actually never in any danger of losing his life, but was taking part in a realistic simulation of a rescue attempt during heavy rains that regularly cause widespread river flooding in this part of Malawi. Here, there is no water, no river.
The plan that Paris will put forward during the Copenhagen negotiations sets a figure of €16.5 billion for state aid to help developing countries fight climate change. That is €5 billion short of the minimum advocated by the European Commission. The French plan estimates the overall cost of aid to assist developing countries battling with climate change at around $490 billion over a period of 20 years. The plan is intended for submission to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. Dubbed “the climate justice plan,” it has already received detailed coverage in “Le Monde” and was posted on the Mediapart website on 19 November. The figure refers to the public share of the €100 billion a year the Commission deems necessary to support developing countries. However, the Commission’s proposal was that international public funding should amount to between 22 and 50 a per year. The Franco-Brazilian proposal of 490 billion falls far short of this bracket.
The expert who advises Tony Blair on climate change has voiced pessimism about the chances of a legally-binding treaty emerging from next month's UN summit in Copenhagen. Mark Kenber said, however, there was "no reason" why EU leaders and heads of state could not agree on emission-reduction targets and finance to help developing countries deal with global warming. Kenber, policy director at the international business and governmental NGO, the Climate Group, said, "On environmental grounds, the case is clear." He hopes the EU will go beyond its commitment to cutting CO2 emissions by 20% by the end of the next decade. He believes the EU should pledge to cut emissions by 30% by 2020. He also said that 80% of the technology needed to help achieve the targets by 2020 was "already in place".
Monday, 30 November 2009
Experts from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific are meeting since  Wednesday morning in Luanda, to prepare the documents that will be submitted to the 18th  session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly, that will open on November 30 in the Angolan capital. The meeting is to tackle matters related to the impact of the world economic financial crisis on ACP countries, the situation in Madagascar, climatic changes, as well as the participation and  integration of youngsters in social and cultural affairs. The event will gather 400 participants from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific plus Europe, to  discuss the reforms in international institutions and globalisation, including the refugees issue. The meeting will also tackle the impact of the world economic and financial crisis on the  ACP-EU states, the reduction of the effect of natural disasters, the World Trade Organisation  negotiations and the economic partnership accords, as well as the documents on regional and  countries strategies on the 10th Europe Development Fund.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
APRODEV Report which is an evaluation of legal outcome options for a post-2012 climate change agreement from an equity and climate justice perspective was launched on 5 November 2009 at the UN Climate talks in Barcelona. The report analyses different proposals for what type of climate change agreement should be agreed in Copenhagen, based on how well the different options respect the right to development of poor countries, how they provide for ambitious emission reductions from developed countries and recognize developed countries' historical responsibility for climate change.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009

European Parliament (Strasbourg):
- 23-26 November: Plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 23-24 November: Climate Smart Food
- 24 November: ACP Working Party
- 25 November: Coreper I; Working Parties: Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid, International Environment Issues Climate Change, International Environment Issues Desertification, Africa, Foreign Relations Counselors (RELEX), Financial Agricultural Questions
- 26 November: Coreper II; Working Parties: Development Cooperation, Africa, External Fisheries Policy
- 27 November: Working Parties: ACP, External Fisheries Policy, Agricultural Counselors/Attachés

ACP Secretariat (Brussels, Luanda):
- 23 November: African Union; Fisheries Steering Committee
- 25 November: Meetings of ACP members: Committee on Economic Development,
Finance and Trade, Committee on Political Affairs; UNEP
- 26 November: Meeting of the ACP members of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment; MEA Steering Committee; UNEP/MEA; Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- 27 November: 18th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and ACP-EU Joint PA; Regional Consultative meetings
- 28 November: Women’s Forum; Meeting of Committees: Social Affaires and the Environment, Political Affairs; Meeting of ACP members of the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
- 29 November: Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP-EU JPA

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage
Monday, 23 November 2009
The 2974th External Relations Council meeting held in Brussels on 17 November 2009 welcomed the work done under the Swedish Presidency and calls for further work on the idea of establishing an integrated approach to maritime surveillance, through a common information sharing environment in order to promote more interoperability and make best use of existing systems on a cross-sectoral basis, and facilitate safe and secure exchange of information while ensuring complementarity of efforts, thus improving safety, security, cost effectiveness and efficiency, maritime situational awareness, and the facilitation of maritime transport calling at a European port or passing through European waters or its approaches.

The 2974th External Relations Council meeting held in Brussels on 17 November 2009 called on EU Member States and the Commission to further integrate adaptation, risk reduction, mitigation efforts, into development cooperation policies, strategies and activities, building on dialogue with partner countries and, inter alia, on the Council Conclusions on an EU strategy for Supporting Disasters Risk Reduction in Developing Countries, and the Council Conclusions on Integrating Environment in Development Cooperation. In this regard, the Council supports the OECD guidance on integrating climate change adaptation into development cooperation as well as work on developing a climate change adaptation marker. The Council noted that the 10th EDF Mid-Term Review and other relevant and similar reviews of geographic and thematic instruments provide an opportunity to enhance the integration of climate change issues into development cooperation.

Friday, 20 November 2009
Further to the modification proposal of part of the protocol on specially protected areas and biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea, which was signed in 1977 in the framework of the agreement on Marine Environment and Shore Protection in the Mediterranean (Barcelona treaty), the EU is working on the position to adopt with this regard. The Barcelona treaty is aimed to prevent, reduce and fight pollution in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as protect and improve the marine environment in the region in order to contribute to sustainable development. This inter-governamental treaty was born as a scheme within the UN Environment Progamme, ANSA news agency reported.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Over the past few years, biofuels made from organic crops have been widely touted by European leaders as a solution for reducing dependency on oil and gas in transportation and for mitigating climate change. Arguably this century’s greatest challenge. In that time, biofuels have come to dominate not only the debate on renewable fuels but government support for them as well. From financial investment to political capital, much has been expended to breathe life into a viable European biofuel industry. Yet, despite the tremendous political support, there is now strong evidence to indicate that biofuels produced from agricultural harvests are more costly than fossil fuels in several alarming ways. While the European Union alleges that its biofuels policy is a necessary and environmentally friendly measure to address the urgency of climate change and energy security worries, it has put forward little in the way of countering the mounting evidence lodged against its policy.