[Australia Network News] ACP Develops Common Climate Change Policy
Updated Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:08pm AEDT
Pacific Islands nations are meeting in Vanuatu to work on an enhanced, regional cooperation policy to cope with the effects of climate change.
The meeting in Port Vila is part of a briefing series for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, organised with the European Union’s Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CTA).
“The impact of climate change on small islands, like the ones in the Pacific and elsewhere, is much more important than in other countries,” Isolina Boto, head of the CTA office in Brussels, Belgium, told Pacific Beat.
Small island nation contribute less than 0.03 per cent of current global greenhouse gas emissions, but say they are among the first to feel the environmental, social and economic effects.
“The challenges we are all facing are a stark reminder for the need to reinforce globalism and to force long lasting partnerships,” Alfred Roland Carlot, Vanuatu’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, said at the opening ceremony.
It’s hoped the policy-makers, researchers, civil society groups, and development partners due to gather in Port Vila between 31 October and 2 November will begin developing shared responses and common strategies to climate change.
“Some of the islands – if you talk about Mauritius or if you talk about Singapore – they have really shown resilience by having the right strategies, the right policies in place,” Ms Boto said.
“It requires a policy, frameworks in place, and actions, and in the case of the Pacific we believe very much that they can take advantage of experiences elsewhere and that there is added value in building a regional strategy and a regional approach.”
This week’s briefing will feed into the first ACP Council of Ministers on Climate Change to be held in Brussels from 7 to 9 November.
It will also contribute to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which take place later this month in Qatar.
(Yap State News Brief, 10/31/2012)