19 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 19 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Policy Coherence for Development report launched today
Today Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, launched the 2015 Report on Policy Coherence for Development. It shows that the European Union has made good progress in Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) over the last two years. “Policy Coherence for Development becomes more important than ever in the context of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Formulating sound policies which take into account from the outset the impacts on developing countries will be central to the achievement of the new global goals. The EU has been a pioneer in this field, and since 2013 has made further noteworthy advances in areas such as agriculture, fisheries, trade and climate change. But more can and should be done. It is my personal commitment to take up this challenge“, said Commissioner Mimica.
UN talks in Bonn focus on draft text for new global climate deal
Countries gathering at UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany on 19–23 October will seek to make progress on the draft text of the new global climate agreement due to be adopted in Paris in December. This is the last official negotiating session before the Paris summit (COP21). The five-day session will be crucial for improving the draft negotiating text released in early October by the co-Chairs of the negotiations. While the new text is concise and readable, the Commission considers substantial work is needed to make it clear and balanced. The EU is committed to the adoption of a legally binding, ambitious and fair global agreement that will help keep the world on track to avoiding dangerous climate change. To date, 151 Parties to the UN climate convention, representing around 90% of global emissions, have put forward their intended contributions in preparation for the Paris deal. The EU press briefing can be followed live on the UNFCCC website on Monday 19 October at 12:00.