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ACP countries push to defend and implement global climate deal

Friday, May 19, 2017

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BONN, Germany (CMC) – Members states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) council have reiterated their commitment to the full implementation of a global climate deal.

On Thursday, along with the European Union, members of the ACP also urged partners to keep up the momentum that was created in 2015.

The call was made during a meeting on Thursday, ahead of the upcoming G7 and G20 leaders' summits and the next annual UN climate negotiations (COP23) in November, which will gather world governments to turn the global climate commitments into action.

The ACP Group and EU have agreed common positions on the next steps to implement the Paris Agreement and strengthened cooperation to promote low-emission, climate-resilient development.

According to the Guyanese born Secretary General of the ACP, Patrick Gomes, the group is serious about addressing the implications of climate change.

“The longstanding, ongoing cooperation between the ACP Group and the EU shows we are serious about addressing the impacts of climate change. Implementing the Paris Agreement is not only about ensuring the very survival of the 79 ACP countries, but also about building sustainable, resilient and prosperous economies and societies worldwide.”

He noted that the ACP Group and EU stressed the need to finalise the Paris Agreement work programme by 2018.

“This will be vital to ensure all countries can swiftly put their national climate plans into action, in order to contribute to the global goals. They also underlined the importance of making detailed preparations for the Facilitative Dialogue to be held next year. This dialogue will be a key moment to establish a shared understanding of the impact of all parties' contributions and the collective progress being made as well as to look into solutions that can allow us to achieve our collective goal,” he said.

The ACP countries and EU also gave their support to the consultations being held by the outgoing Moroccan presidency and incoming Fijian presidency.

The discussions are aimed at developing a clear proposal on the design of the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, to be presented at the COP23 summit.

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