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EU pledges $7m for Fiji’s COP 23

13:33 Fri May 19, 2017

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ritika Pratap

The European Union has pledged almost seven million Fijian dollars to support Fiji’s COP23 Presidency.

The pledge comes as the EU has announced support of one point eight billion Fijians dollars for the Pacific up to 2020, with around half earmarked for climate action.

The European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, who together make up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, today reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of the agreement, urging all partners to keep up the momentum.

The ACP Group and the EU made the call at a UN climate change conference in Bonn Germany, ahead of the upcoming G7 and G20 leaders’ summits and the COP23 in November.

ACP Secretary General, Patrick Gomes, says the longstanding, ongoing cooperation between the ACP Group and the EU shows they are serious about addressing the impacts of climate change.

He says implementing the Paris Agreement is not only about ensuring the very survival of the 79 ACP countries, but also about building sustainable, resilient and prosperous economies and societies worldwide.

The ACP Group and EU stressed the need to finalise the Paris Agreement work programme by 2018.

Both sides welcomed Fiji’s political leadership as COP23 president, being a longstanding member of the ACP Group and the first Small Island Developing State in the role.

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) will be held from November 6th to the 17th.

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