Local and regional authorities’ representatives from almost 80 countries have convened at the “Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation” forum to discuss urban development challenges and ways to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals at local and regional level.
This project aspires to generate local spaces for training, participation and exchange to strengthen both municipal management and citizen capacity when facing the challenges of climate change. It promotes innovative environmental management initiatives that improve resilience
The project aims to work on good practices, from a broad environment that brings together sectors of civil society, local authorities and private sectors for the detection and monitoring of environmental violations in several municipalities of Paraguay.
The EU and Guyana have concluded negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The new agreement will give EU-based timber buyers assurance that timber products from Guyana are legal. It will help improve forest governance, tackle illegal logging and promote trade in verified legal timber products.
Balaclava – L’Union européenne (UE) et la Commission de l’océan Indien (COI) ont signé un nouveau programme de 28 millions d’euros pour promouvoir la gestion durable des pêches dans les îles de l’océan Indien (pêche maritime) mais aussi en Afrique orientale et australe (pêche continentale). Connu sous le nom de E€OFISH, ce programme est un nouvel exemple concret de l’action de l’Union européenne et de la Commission de l’océan Indien pour promouvoir la pêche durable dans la région Afrique orientale et australe et océan Indien.
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, is attending the UN High Level Political Forum on 16-17 July in New York together with Karmenu Vella, Commissioner in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Numerous Heads of State and Government will join them and major actors in development to discuss sustainable development.
The EU and Honduras have concluded negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and are initialling the Agreement. This is the first step towards the formal signature and its subsequent implementation.
The European Union, the Secretariat General of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have announced the launch of a “Green Fund for Central America”, for a total amount of EUR 88.1 million.
The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 50 on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities” will take place on 10 April 2018 from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be co-organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Concord.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the European Commission is announcing the introduction of three projects aiming to promote women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in the sustainable energy sector.
The European Union and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will work together on a joint initiative to drive research and technical and organisational innovations across agricultural and food systems in developing countries. More science and innovation is required to address some of the most pressing challenges posed by climate change. This joint initiative will build on the outcomes of the Paris Agreement and the recent COP 23 held in Bonn on the role for agriculture in the Climate Change agenda.
The European Union and Vietnam launch a €108 million programme to enhance access to sustainable energy in rural areas of Vietnam and to support the country’s energy transition towards a ‘greener’ future.
Thanks to financial support by the European Union and France, the biggest solar plant in West Africa will soon be ready to connect hundreds of thousands of citizens of Burkina Faso to affordable and clean energy. The EU-co-funded plant will be inaugurated by French President Macron and President Kaboré of Burkina-Faso.
The European Commission has defined concrete areas of investments for its External Investment Plan. The new plan will mobilise €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries.
Yesterday, in New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The Programme will facilitate the development of up to 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
A new Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership programme (PEUMP) has been launched today on the occasion of the Our Ocean Conference hosted by the EU. The partnership will be implemented in 15 Pacific countries and will be supported by € 45 million of EU funding, including a € 10 million contribution by the Swedish Government.
Moving ahead with the EIP’s rapid implementation, the first Strategic Board of the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) met in Brussels on 28 September, on the same day that the entry into force of the regulation establishing the European Fund for Sustainable Development.
The legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia is an urgent task which requires a speedy and coordinated response by the international community, This message was delivered both by the EU and the EBRD at a special event organised at the side-lines of the 72nd UNGA General Assembly meeting in New York on 20 September 2017. The meeting was chaired by the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Mr Peter Burian. The initiative on environmental remediation is part of the EU strategy towards Central Asia.
The efforts to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia have taken an important step forward with the signing of a joint commitment on coordinating the efforts to achieve the safe and sustainable environmental remediation of Uranium Legacy Sites (ULS) in Central Asia, in accordance with a Strategic Master Plan (SMP).
The European Commission adopted today a decision to support a programme on transboundary water management in the Nile river basin with € 10 million from the 11th European Development Fund.