The tragic earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are stark reminders for us all that Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most disaster-prone regions. This is why the European Union has today signed a EUR 10 million financing agreement in Brussels to support ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and its Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre).
The EU funded REACH (Reduce Energy Use and Change Habits) project has trained over 200 volunteers to implement basic energy efficiency measures in households in South-East Europe, where more than 30% of households experience energy poverty.
Agenda items include the CBD and IPBES Notifications, the Outcome of the fifth meeting of the Informal Expert Group on the follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Preparations for the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Preparations for the seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 7) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds and Preparations for the 38th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention).
A new Global Commission on Adaptation, aimed at enhancing the political visibility of adapting to climate change, was officially launched today at a high-level event in The Hague.