The GCCA+ provides a platform for dialogue between the EU and developing countries most vulnerable to climate change, in particular LDCs and SIDS. In this way, the GCCA+ promotes climate change as a core issue in Europe’s partnership with these countries, building confidence and supporting a convergence of visions on how to best address climate change.
At national level, this dialogue aims to integrate climate change issues into national development strategies, plans and budgets. It seeks also to identify and implement concrete actions to help tackle climate change.
At regional level, the emphasis is on bringing key people together to share knowledge and experience. In this way, they can build consensus around actions and solutions and unite in a common cause.
This dialogue and exchange of ideas is an ongoing process. Its results then feed into international climate negotiations under the auspices of the UNFCCC.
Promoting climate change issues in national policy dialogues
The EU has a wide network of delegations and has established policy dialogue with partner governments. These channels allow the EU to promote discussion and awareness of climate change issues. In this way, climate change issues become integrated into national development policy.
In particular, this level of dialogue helps ensure that climate change adaptation is viewed as a cross-sector national development issue, rather than an issue specific to a single sector. Adaptation is less likely to be managed exclusively by environmental ministries, but is integrated into a country’s overall development effort, and into EU development cooperation.
For example, the EU Strategy for the Pacific includes a commitment to systematically integrate climate change issues into development cooperation. All EU Country Strategy Papers for the Pacific now have renewable energy and/or water as focal sectors.
Fostering regional dialogue and action on climate change
The GCCA has organized several high-level events to facilitate the exchange of views and experience. Regional conferences in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean provided a forum for dialogue and commitment on climate change.
More than 190 senior officials have attended GCCA regional workshops on mainstreaming climate change into national development planning and budgeting. These officials come from ministries of finance, planning, environment and other climate change related ministries, as well as from regional organisations and the EU. This far-sighted initiative has enabled planners and policy makers to ensure that climate change is integrated into their countries’ development policies and budgets.
In September 2012, the GCCA organised a global learning event. This event brought together partners from around the world, who were directly involved in the implementation of GCCA-funded programmes. This event was part of a process to ensure that knowledge from GCCA programmes around the world is shared. A year later a global policy brought together over 150 international development and climate change practitioners with those responsible for negotiating international agreements in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Furthermore, a ‘GCCA+ Community’ forum has been set up on the EC’s interactive Capacity4Dev platform. This forum acts as a knowledge and information hub for people associated with GCCA+ implementation. The platform also engages with other stakeholders, such as those who are involved in GCCA+ regional workshops, or those involved with training and technical support under the GCCA+'s Intra-ACP Programme. This collaborative tool is accessible by invitation to GCCA stakeholders and on demand.