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Key elements for an ACP Position paper for COP20

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Climate Change is happening now and is already affecting the planet and communities around the world. African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are amongst the most vulnerable countries suffering from its negative effects. We all must act now.

As a follow-up to the Second Regional Technical Meeting held in Brussels in May 2014, the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme (1) in collaboration with the University of South Pacific (2), organized a one-day Joint Policy Discussion on Friday 11th July 2014, in Pacific Harbour, Fiji Islands.

The meeting was organized to prepare for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP9) which will take place from 1 to 12 December 2014 in Lima, Peru.

The main objective was to share the regional perspectives on the key issues in the UNFCCC negotiations from ACP Regional Climate Change experts in order to identify areas of common concern in order to distill ideas and elements for the preparation of a common ACP Position paper for COP20.

Participants to the JPD were high profile representatives of the regional components’ organizations, ACP Climate Change negotiators and Policy Officers, ACP Secretariat representatives, Fijian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Climate Change Division delegates, representatives from civil society and academics among others.

In their conclusions and recommendations, the participants reaffirmed that “finding a robust and effective 2015 legally-binding global agreement is one of the immediate priorities for ACP Members States”. They also expressed their expectation in terms of Finance for COP20/CMP10 hoping that the Lima Conference will eventually find a “balance between mitigation and adaptation financing and scale-up new, additional, predictable and adequate finances”.

Some of the key elements identified include: (1) strengthening the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage with three measures : risk reduction facility, insurance facility, rehabilitation/compensatory component, (2) improving adaptation actions to support SIDS, LDCs, land-locked and African countries and (3) supporting Climate Smart Agriculture and the use of climate resilient crops.

“The need for intra and inter-regional cooperation and coordination in tackling climate change has never been greater” said Dr. Pendo MARO, Technical Adviser to the ACP Secretariat – GCCA Intra-ACP Programme. “In this regard, the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme is working to strengthen this collaboration and provide targeted technical assistance, contributing significantly to address climate change both at the national and regional level”, she added

Dr. MARO also stressed that “the ACP Joint Policy Discussion was a first step in the process in preparation for the 2014 UNFCCC International Climate Change Conference in Lima”, promising that “there will be more to come”.

For further information on the GCCA Intra-ACP Programme and opportunities in terms of technical assistance and training workshops, please visit our website us at: www.gcca.eu/intra-acp.

Notes to the editor

(1) The GCCA Intra-ACP Programme is a component of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) which specifically targets the ACP group of States and offers technical assistance to support countries to fight against climate change. This support is open to organisations in ACP countries including public and private sector organisations, NGOs, CSOs, and universities. It is an initiative of the ACP group of states funded by the European Commission and implemented by the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.

Visit the website: http://www.gcca.eu/intra-acp

Contact:

  • Dr. Pendo MARO, Technical Adviser to the ACP Secretariat,                                pendomaro@acp.int or +32 495 281 494
  • Ms Mariata NDIAYE SY, Communications Officer,                                                          mariata@acp.int or +32 743 06 90

          To come: Summary Report of the Joint Policy Discussion: http://www.gcca.eu/intra-acp

(2) In view of concerted action at regional level, the Pacific Island Countries and Territories developed a common strategy for action on climate change. The document is known as the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) and covers the period from 2006 to 2015. The Intra-ACP GCCA Programme supports the implementation of PIFACC. The implementing agency of the Pacific component of the Intra-ACP GCCA programme is the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) of the University of the South Pacific (USP). PACE-SD was established in 1999 to become USP’s Centre of Excellence in Environmental Education and Research.

Visit the website: http://www.usp.ac.fj/
Contact:
  • Mr. Jone TUIIPELEHAKI, Communications Consultant                                            jone.tuiipelehaki@usp.ac.fj or +679 3231 834

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