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.
The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions have urged regional and local governments across Europe to embrace the opportunities offered by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Both institutions have called on them to integrate the sustainable-development agenda into their policies and to reach out to cities and regions – whether in Europe or in Africa, Asia and the Americas – to learn from them and to collaborate as much as possible.
Today European Commissioner Neven Mimica is in Geneva at the World Trade Organisation to participate in the Aid For Trade Global Review. This year’s Global Review by the World Trade Organisation is dedicated to the theme of “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development”.
Today the European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed a new agreement amounting to € 19.1 million to fund the Nuclear Safety Account and the completion of the Interim Storage Facility 2 (ISF2) in Chornobyl, to prevent radioactive releases and contribute to make the site environmentally safe and stable.
On June 9th 2017, more than 100 participants including ministers, permanent secretaries, ambassadors, disaster risk management (DRM) coordinators, recovery advisors and policy officers from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries attended a ‘Focus Day’ on lessons learned from post-disaster response in ACP countries in the frame of the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction (NDRR) Programme.
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17th the “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” in order to promote public awareness on combatting desertification and the effects of drought.
More than 800 participants from civil society, national and local governments, academia, the private sector and international organisations from around the world gathered in Brussels from 6-8 June 2017 for the Third Edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3). They addressed the role of post-crisis recovery and reconstruction for resilience building and disaster risk reduction and shared experience with a view to advance the implementation of the 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The conference was jointly organised by the European Commission, the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).
Today, during the European Development Days in Brussels, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Development and Cooperation, is signing four Financing Agreements, for a total of €94.5 million funded through the Nigeria 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The Financing Agreements are counter-signed by Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Nigerian Federal Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, also Deputy National Authorising Officer for Nigeria for EDF Funds.