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28/08/2016

The EU must come together on the green climate fund

Topic: climate fund


Development Policy 19-08-2016

UK aid minister promises to keep 0.7% target post-Brexit

The UK’s new aid minister has promised to keep the country’s aid target of 0.7% of GDP, despite herself once campaigning for the Department for International Development (DfID) to be shut down.
Med & South 21-07-2016

‘Variable geometry’ to bind EU and Mediterranean countries

Faced with many challenges, from migration to terrorism, the EU and its Mediterranean partners must cooperate with pragmatism and variable geometry, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, said.
Med & South 19-07-2016

Mediterranean countries set tone for COP22 in Marrakesh

Mediterranean countries have vowed to accelerate implementation of the commitments struck in the Paris agreement last December and push forward a number of national and transnational initiatives to combat global warming, ahead of the end-of-the-year climate summit in Marrakesh.
Development Policy 08-07-2016

Post-Brexit sterling decline will cost poor countries $4bn, claims study

The post-Brexit slump in the pound will cost developing countries nearly $4bn (£3.1bn, €3.6bn) in the coming year, with reduced trade and aid, risk-averse financial markets, lower growth and sharply reduced remittances all playing a role, a report shows.
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Putting people and planet first in the EU

The UK referendum result cast doubt on many of the EU’s values: pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality, and a commitment to sustainable development and poverty eradication worldwide, write Geneviève Pons and Seamus Jeffreson.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

MSF rejects EU funds over 'shameful' migrant policy

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders on Friday said it would no longer take funds from the EU in protest at its "shameful" policies on the migration crisis, including a deal with Turkey.
Development Policy 15-06-2016

Ban Ki-moon visits Brussels refugees ahead of development conference

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew into Brussels Tuesday (14 June) for 48 hours of development policy debate at the 10th annual EU Development Days.
Development Policy 15-06-2016

ActionAid chief: Africa's 'child marriage' is actually rape

Ahead of this year's European Union Development Days, the NGO ActionAid is focussing on the issue of inequality, with the launch of the report, The Price of Privilege.
Development Policy 14-06-2016

The EU and Africa: a deal set to push more young people on to the boats

The new EU migration partnerships with African governments risk strengthening autocratic regimes and exacerbating violence, repression and corruption, argues Marije Balt.
Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a 'win-win' for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.

Israeli water chief: 'You must talk to neighbours to avoid climate change conflicts'

Israel is one of the world leaders in water desalination. But now it faces a new challenge - climate change. EurActiv.com spoke with the Deputy Director General of Israel's Water and Sewage Authority, Oded Fixler.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Development Policy 23-05-2016

Everything you need to know about the World Humanitarian Summit

Politicians will meet in Istanbul on 23-24 May to debate how to deal with global crises that have been exacerbated by war, climate change and natural disasters. EurActiv's media partner, The Guardian, looks at the main questions surrounding the summit's objectives and organisation.

Paris agreement requires agriculture emissions target to succeed

The Paris climate agreement was historic. Some 177 nations signed the Paris treaty to limit warming to at least 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100. Yet the question remains – are countries clear on how they will get there? asks Dr Lini Wollenberg.
Development Policy 25-09-2014

Summit prompts modest donations to climate fund

The UN Climate Summit prompted some developed countries to contribute to the Green Climate Fund, whose coffers had remained empty since its launch. But the amount of money pledged is still a long way off from what is required. EurActiv France reports.
Energy 22-09-2014

Climate finance on the rocks?

Climate finance is still going strong globally, but serious efforts are needed, including at the regulatory level, to sustain the momentum ahead of the UN Climate Summit.
Development Policy 10-07-2014

EU snubs Green Climate Fund, France pledges to contribute

The Green Climate Fund will be launched later this year, but India, China and, perhaps more surprisingly, the European Commission, will not contribute to its capitalisation. France promised to contribute, and called on its partners to do the same. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 22-10-2013

Global climate investment flatlines

The world invested almost a billion dollars a day in limiting global warming last year, but the total figure - $359 billion - was slightly down on last year, and barely half the $700 billion per year that the World Economic Forum has said is needed to tackle climate change.
Development Policy 08-10-2013

Europe warned: Climate change will bring more Lampedusas

Voices from across the developing world are warning EU leaders that a failure to cut CO2 emissions and respect funding commitments for projects to mitigate and adapt to global warming will lead to more climate refugees, and more tragedies like the one in Lampedusa.
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Development Policy 20-09-2013

EU admits double-counting climate finance and development aid

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / EU officials have admitted for the first time that member state donations to the developing world can simultaneously count towards meeting climate change obligations and development commitments, such as providing 0.7% of gross income for overseas aid.

Climate cash debate rages as Doha summit opens

The EU will not commit to renew climate funding which runs out at the year's end ahead of talks at the Doha climate summit, which opens today (26 November). But new climate aid may be announced in the conference’s second week.  

EU fogs post-2012 climate aid pledges

EXCLUSIVE: Europe’s finance ministers will not promise any specific new monies for fast-dwindling climate aid to the developing world when they meet in Brussels today (13 November), according to draft conclusions seen by EurActiv.
Development Policy 09-05-2012

EU’s aviation carbon funds could aid developing world

The EU is considering the deployment of carbon allowance revenues from international airlines to fund climate aid to the poorest countries, under a planned $100 billion-a-year global relief fund.

The EU must come together on the green climate fund

Lives and livelihoods in vulnerable countries hang in the balance while rich countries bicker over who will disburse climate cash, argues Wendel Trio of Climate Action Network Europe.