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Monday, 20 November 2017
Just a week before the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the 2nd European Organic Congress organized by the IFOAM EU Group will take place in Brussels on December 1 2009. The main topic will be "Organic Food and Farming in times of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Global Food Crisis". According to the "Millennium Ecosystems Assessment", initiated by UN organizations, the World Bank, many civil society organizations and private and public donors,  "a substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on Earth" can be observed as a consequence of the "growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fibre and fuel": a development which will "substantially diminish the benefits that future generations obtain from ecosystems."
During the opening session of a two-day workshop on business opportunities in the European natural and organic products market held in New Kingston, Jamaica, on October 15, Head of the Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries' Agro-Investment Corporation, Dr. David Lowe stressed that organic farming may grow significantly in Jamaica in the next few years.
The European Union has blamed the Nigerian system for the country’s inability to generate enough energy to meet local demand as well as help propel industrial and economic growth and development. This was the position of the body as contained in a pre-feasibility study for the EU-Nigeria Dialogue on Energy, released on Thursday, during a workshop in Abuja, by the Delegation of European Communities to Nigeria . According to the document, the EU says it believes that “the problem facing the energy sector in Nigeria are systemic, meaning that solutions have to cover the whole system and not isolated parts of it. Systemic failure needs systemic solutions.” It further noted that, “In terms of energy issues, Nigeria could be said to be in a series of downward spirals. There are a number of loops with each activity negatively impacting on the next.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Saturday was the final day of European Development Days. The theme was climate change. “My message to the climate change conference in Copenhagen is that our voices, the voices of the poor, the vulnerable, those who have no capacity to face the challenges of climate change, must be heard.” This was what Prime Minister of Haiti Michèle Duvivier said at the meeting in Stockholm.

“If you fail to understand the plight of my people, you will lead your own nations down a parallel course.”
President of Micronesia Emanuel Mori held an impassioned speech on the final day of European Development Days. He drew attention to the fact that his country will disappear beneath the sea if nothing is done about climate change.

The European Commission will be setting up an action plan with its African partners to discuss ways to improve and strengthen transport links between the two continents on an ongoing basis. The action plan has been announced during the Euro-African Transport Forum that was held in the framework of the “TEN-T days” conference taking place in Naples on 21 and 22 October. The Forum is attended by representatives of EU Member States, the Commission as well as those from African countries and regional organisations.

Monday, 26 October 2009
Honourable Ms. Nita Deerpalsing, Member of Parliament of Mauritius and Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), is our guest this week. At the occasion of the JPA meeting held in Brussels, Ms. Deerpalsing shared with us the role, objectives and the functions of the JPA, a consultative assembly key in the EU-ACP cooperation. For two years, Ms. Deerpalsing is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment. From her point of view, the social impact of economic crisis and social and environmental consequences of climate change are two key issues which the ACP countries face. Mauritius in particular, although a relatively prosperous country with solid institutions, is prone to lose everything in extreme weather brought by climate change. While mitigation strategies and adaptation should be implemented, future development of less developed countries should be also sustainable. The global crisis has indeed a strong social impact in ACP countries, as today one billion people suffer hunger and therefore cannot contribute to the prosperity of their country.
The 2966th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 19 October 2009 reached political agreement on a regulation establishing a modernised system for inspection, monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy throughout the market chain, "from net to plate".
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Environmentalists have clashed with the EU over the legitimacy of the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), claiming it acts as a mouthpiece for the GMO lobby. Speaking as farmers from around the world called on EU policymakers to stop the authorisation of Bayer GM rice, Juan-Felipe Carrasco of Greenpeace Spain told this website that Efsa did not protect consumers from contaminated products. "Efsa keeps saying it's ok to go ahead with genetic engineering (GE)", he said.

The European Commission called on Europe's information and communication technologies (ICT) industry to outline by 2011 the practical steps it will take to become 20% more energy efficient by 2015. ICT equipment and services alone account for about 8% of electrical power used in the EU and about 2% of carbon emissions. But using ICT in a smart way could help reducing energy consumption in energy-hungry sectors such as buildings, transport and logistics, and save 15% in total carbon emissions by 2020 . The Commission recommends that the ICT sector adopts bold energy efficiency targets by 2011. It also asks EU countries to agree on common specifications for smart metering by the end of 2010.