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Title: The ACP Group, Climate Change, and the Environment


1
The ACP Group, Climate Change, and the Environment
  • 9th CTA Regional Policy Briefing, Vanuatu, 31 Oct
    02 Nov 2012
  • Mamour A. JAGNE,
  • Ambassador and Permanent Representative

2
Presentation Outline
  • Preamble
  • ACP Activities in the areas of Climate Change and
    the Environment
  • The Ad hoc Working Group on Rio20
  • Rio20
  • Next Steps (Immediate)
  • Longer Term
  • Strategy for Way Forward

3
Preamble
  • The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of
    States (ACP) created by the Georgetown Agreement
    in 1975.
  • Composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific
    states, with 48 countries from Sub-Saharan
    Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the
    Pacific.
  • Heads of State, Council of Ministers, Committee
    of Ambassadors, ACP Secretariat

4
  • Committee of Ambassadors organised into technical
    subcommittees
  • Political, social, humanitarian and cultural
    affairs
  • Trade and Commodity Protocols
  • Investment and the Private Sector
  • Financing and Development
  • Establishment and Finance
  • Sustainable Development

5
  • S/C on SD oversees environmental, social and
    economic development issues relating to the ACP
    Group, in an integrated manner.
  • requires strategies that respond to the
    environmental challenges and to counteract
    unsustainable socio-economic development. Such
    strategies must include managing demographic
    pressures, implementing sustainable methods of
    agricultural production, restoring degraded
    lands, developing alternatives to fuelwood,
    managing water resources efficiently, combatting
    debt, preservation of biodiversity, poverty and
    malnutrition. 2001 Mandate

6
Some ACP / EU Activities in CC and Envt
  • Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)
  • Launched in 2007  to strengthen dialogue and
    cooperation on CC between the EU and developing
    countries most vulnerable to CC, esp. LDCs and
    SIDS
  • Total budget of 40 million, divided over 5
    geographical components including the ClimDev
    Africa programme, and 4 regional components in E.
    S. Africa, W. Africa, the Caribbean, and
    Pacific   

7
  • ACP-EU Energy Facility
  • Created to contribute to the achievement of the
    MDGs as well as the WSSD objectives on energy,
    while at the same time helping to combat CC
  • Firs Call for Proposals 2009 74 projects, of
    which 22 granting access to modern energy
    services, more than two million beneficiaries
    reached out of a target of 2.5 million
  • Micronesia benefitted from 2.5m energy project
  • 2nd CfP Oct 2012 budget of 50 million

8
  • EU-ACP Multilateral Environmental Agreements
    (MEAs) Programme 
  • Obj enhance capacity of ACP countries to
    implement MEAs and related commitments, resulting
    in sound management of envt and natural resources
  • 3 Regional Hubs established to support
    implementation of MEAs at regional and national
    levels
  • 4 year project, commenced 2009. Budget of 21m

9
Ad hoc Working Group on Rio 20
  • Formed in Jan 2012 with a mandate to
  • Formulate an ACP Position Paper to ensure the
    concerns of the Group are taken into account in
    Rio
  • Develop an ACP-EU Joint Declaration
  • Docs adopted at 95th ACP Council and 37th ACP-EU
    Joint Council in June

10
ACP Participation in Rio 20
  • Delegation led by SG
  • Side event hosted with OIF on South-South and
    Triangular Cooperation
  • High-level speakers included President of Haiti,
    Ghana Minister of Envt, Prince Laurent of
    Belgium, ACP SG, OIF Administrator, UNDP
    Assistant Administrator, etc

11
Rio 20 (ctd)
  • Final Outcome Document contains many of the
    concerns highlighted in the ACP Position Paper,
    e.g.
  • Continued relevance of the Barbados Programme of
    Action for SIDS (para 15,16)
  • Significant gaps in implementation of MEAs (para
    22)
  • Green economy and the importance of technology
    transfer (para 50)
  • Institutional framework for SD (para 88)
  • Importance of the blue economy oceans and marine
    resources - to SIDS (para 158-177)

12
Next Steps (2012)
  • 3rd annual Open Day on Sustainable Economic
    Development (Oct 11)
  • 1st ACP Ministerial on CC (Nov 7-9)
  • ACP Council (Dec 10-12)
  • ACP Heads of State Summit (Dec 13-14)
  • ACP will also participate in
  • Global South-South Development Expo (Vienna, Nov
    19-23)
  • Doha CC Conference (COP 18, Nov 26 Dec 7)

13
Longer Term
  • Following Rio 20, ACP will remain engaged with
  • Devt of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Strengthening and upgrading of UNEP
  • Devt of a facilitation mechanism for
    environmentally sound technology transfer
  • The UNs Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
  • Resource mobilisation to achieve SD objectives

14
Strategies for Achievement
  • Reinforcing collaboration with relevant partners
    UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, the EU, Caribbean Community
    Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Pacific Regional
    Environment Programme (PREP), etc
  • South-South and Triangular Cooperation the
    BRICS
  • Continue to develop and implement ACP initiatives
    on CC, envt, (renewable) energy, and disaster
    risk reduction intra-ACP envelop

15
Thank you for your kind attention!
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