Climate Change Issues on the agenda for ACP countries (July 2014)

Climate Change Issues on the agenda for ACP countries

July 10, 2014
Pacific Harbour, Fiji

The effects of climate change in the pacific region poses very unique challenges to its people and as such learning to adapt to the impacts is paramount.

The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme (1) held its 3rd Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting on 9 - 10 July, 2014 at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour, Fiji. The meeting was organized by the ACP Secretariat in collaboration with the University of South Pacific (USP), located in Suva, Fiji.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 3rd PSC, the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, H.E Mr. Andrew Jacobs, reiterated the value of building critical national and regional capacity to respond to specific needs at the country and regional level.

“Climate Change is happening now and is already affecting communities around the globe” Jacobs stated. “The EU has been and continues to be the biggest contributor to the specific funds on climate change adaptation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Indeed, 70% of all pledges for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) come from the EU”, he added.

In providing key figures, H.E. Mr Jacobs, highlighted that 20% of the EU’s budget is climate relevant; which translates to the contribution of close to 300 million EUR from the EU to the GCCA to support the most vulnerable countries.

In echoing the ambassador’s statements, the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and International, Professor John Bythell, highlighted the unique challenges the Pacific is experiencing in the face of climate change and presented the university’s response to this challenge.

“The Pacific Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) represents our flagship centre for research, a model system for how we will increase and improve our performance that provides the solutions, the capacity building and the development of sound management and policy practices to meet this grand societal challenge.”

“The Pacific is unique in terms of the wide expanse of the oceans between islands, which means that transport costs are high, they are isolated from one another and face difficulties in accessing basic services.”

“Climate change adaptation projects such as the USP-EU GCCA project is critical for the Pacific so that we learn how best to adapt to various impacts of climate change”.

He added, “These impacts are unlike anything that societies have faced before in living or recorded memory.”

In his opening remarks,

The GCCA Intra-ACP meeting is currently underway at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour and has representatives from the ACP regions.

The three day meeting ends on Friday.

Notes to the editor

(1)    About the programme: 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.

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