EU, Pacific Islands Discuss Implementation of Climate Change Initiative

2 March 2011: A High-Level Regional Conference on Climate Change in the Pacific is convening in Vanuatu from 2-4 March 2011, where the EU and Pacific countries are discussing implementation of the Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change.

The Initiative was launched in 2010 to build a stronger political dialogue on climate change, enhance the effectivness of climate change cooperation, and mobilize international efforts on climate change in the Pacific. On the occasion, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced new climate funding opportunities for the Pacific. He launched and announced, inter alia, programmes aimed at: fighting poverty and the consequences of climate change; strengthening Pacific economic integration through trade; supporting climate change capacity development for the population of the Pacific islands; and reducing risks from natural disasters. [EU Press Release] [Piebalgs' Speech]