On 06 December 2019, EIT Climate-KIC holds a panel discussion on ‘Transformation, In Time strategy’ and its Deep Demonstrations, as well as the financial tools needed to deliver on them. The panel also explored how new technologies like blockchain could accelerate the Paris Agreement targets and how a policy foundation for an emissions trading system could pave the way for a global price on carbon.
The “CITIES Forum 2020 – “together we shape a sustainable urban future” is a two-day major event of the European Commission bringing together key stakeholders from European, national and local levels. The Forum is a place for all stakeholders to capitalise on common achievements and reflect on the future directions of urban development within Cohesion Policy including the future of the Urban Agenda for the EU.
Today, the European Commission will present its European Green Deal – the EU’s plans to take action against climate change. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) strongly believes that policies to fight climate change must reflect the reality of consumers’ everyday lives as a starting point.
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted on 10 December two resolutions on Oceans and Law of the Seas and on Sustainable Fisheries. In this context, the EU called for urgent, resolute and ambitious international action by all States in line with agreed commitments to counter the impacts of climate change on the oceans such as ocean acidification, ocean-warming, reduced fisheries catch potential and rising sea levels.
The shared vision for Europe’s seas is a healthy marine environment where human-induced eutrophication is minimised. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) assessment, published today, shows that eutrophication still remains a large scale problem in some of Europe’s regionals seas. The assessment shows some positive effects from better nutrient management but the overall target of healthy seas will not be met everywhere by 2020.
Today at COP25, European Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans was announced as the new Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments. The European Commission and Bloomberg Philanthropies affirmed their joint commitment to the next phase for the Global Covenant’s urgent mission to tackle the climate crisis.
At the UN Climate Change COP25, five frontrunner cities have been selected for their ambitious and potentially transformative urban climate projects that could receive technical support from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to get their projects off the ground.
The Council today adopted a set of conclusions on the implementation by the EU of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are considered essential for ending poverty and ensuring a peaceful, healthy and secure life for current and future generations.
A study by the EP Policy Department for External Relations.
The 14th Asia and Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain on 15 and 16 December.
The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU Arctic policy.
While recognising the primary responsibility of the Arctic states for the development of the region, the Council notes that many of the issues affecting the region are of a global nature and are more effectively addressed through regional or multilateral cooperation. It notes that the EU should continue to make a significant contribution in both regional and multilateral fora which deal with arctic matters.
The conference focuses on recently published ‘Megatrends in Africa Report’ that has identified 6 megatrends: climate change, population growth, migration, urbanisation, demography process and technology development that Africa is facing. They can create opportunities but also set several challenges in the future.
In this episode, Euronews is visiting Seychelles to see some of the climate-related challenges that Small Island Developing States are facing — from coral die-off to coastal erosion, flooding, farming damage and freshwater loss due to salt water intrusion. Euronews talks to Seychelles climate adaptation officer Jean-Claude Labrosse, the EU Ambassador Vincent Degert, NGO activists and common citizens about the main threats associated with climate change and actions to mitigate their consequences, including the EU-financed climate change adaptation programme.
Agenda includes Update (Commission services/EEAS) and exchange of views on Engaging with China on the sustainable development agenda and cooperation in third countries, Information (Commission services) and exchange of views on EU support for sustainable development in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Presentation of main results (Spain/Commission services) 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25, Madrid, 2-13 December 2019).