EU, African, Caribbean, Pacific countries to push climate deal

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East Timorese workers sort mineral bottles at a used plastic processing factory in Manluena, East Timor, known also as Timor Leste, January 24, 2014. The Pacific region faces huge economic losses due to climate change.

Urge all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015


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As the US Administration of Donald Trump is reconsidering his country’s climate obligations, the European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) developing countries, who together make up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, on May 18 reaffirmed their strong and steadfast commitment to full implementation of the agreement, urging all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015, the European Commission said.

The EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States made the call at a UN climate change conference in Bonn, ahead of the upcoming G7 and G20 leaders’ summits and the next annual UN climate negotiations COP23 in November.

“Today more than ever, Europe stands by its long-term partners most vulnerable to climate change,” Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said. “We, developed and developing countries together, will defend the Paris Agreement. We are all in, and our joint commitment to this Agreement today is as in Paris: irreversible and non-negotiable,” he added.

The ACP Group and EU have agreed common positions on the next steps to implement the Paris Agreement and strengthened cooperation to promote low-emission, climate-resilient development.

As an example of this increased cooperation, the EU has announced support of €800 million for the Pacific Region up to 2020, with around half earmarked for climate action, the Commission said, adding that the EU will also provide €3 million to support Fiji’s COP23 Presidency.

The UN climate conference is currently taking place from May 8-18 to prepare the ground for the next Conference of the Parties COP23, to be held on November 6-17, 2017 in Bonn.

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