The European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barosso and the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard are representing the European Union at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York this week.
The European Union is the largest development aid provider worldwide. In the Pacific, the fight against climate change’s negative impact is at the core of the EU-Pacific partnership. The EU has committed approximately EUR 100 million to ongoing regional climate change /disaster risk management projects.
“Adverse impact of climate change is today’s dire reality for our Pacific partners. We stand by their side and we will continue to be a key partner of Pacific Small Island Developing States through political and development cooperation, including at the international level” said the EU’s Ambassador for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs.
“Small Island Developing States, and Pacific ones in particular, are important allies on many climate-sensitive global issues such as disaster risk reduction, ocean governance, biodiversity and food security.”
European Union leaders have committed to transforming Europe into a highly energy-efficient, low carbon economy. The EU has set itself ambitious targets for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions progressively up to 2050 and is working successfully towards meeting these targets.
The EU provides support to vulnerable countries all over the wold for example through the European Development Fund, the Global Climate Change Alliance as well as support in the areas of fisheries, environment and natural resources.