Climate Change

04 Apr: Ukraine, climate change, and security: EU/ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly concludes

(Source: European Parliament)

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific region parliamentarians discussed the impact of war in Ukraine, food security, pandemic and climate change.

The 41st session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) took place from 1-3 April in Strasbourg, attended by MEPs and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

Among the issues discussed during the JPA, parliamentarians debated the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its global impact. They underlined the many consequences of the invasion beyond Ukraine, including rising food prices that pose a serious threat to food security.


With regard to the new …

22 Sep: Climate diplomacy

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team. 

The geopolitical consequences of the current and future climate crisis are substantial on each and every nation. Many countries have now chosen to reflect their climate policy actions within their foreign policy agendas. This inclusion of climate policy within foreign policy is known as climate diplomacy. With the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP26, just around the corner, can the European Union influence climate discussions in a world where climate change is an emergency, but where geopolitics and diplomacy seems to influence most negotiations?

The EU has …

05 Jul: Eurobarometer Survey: Europeans consider climate change to be the most serious problem facing the world

(Source: European Commission)

A new Eurobarometer survey published today shows that European citizens believe climate change is the single most serious problem facing the world. More than nine out of ten people surveyed consider climate change to be a serious problem (93%), with almost eight out of ten (78%) considering it to be very serious. When asked to pick out the single most serious problem facing the world, over a quarter (29%) chose either climate change (18%), deterioration of nature (7%) or health problems due to pollution (4%).

In terms of policy response, nine out of ten Europeans (90%) agree that …

02 Jul: Local and regional authorities’ contributions to tackling climate change need to be measured, included and valued under the Paris Agreement

(Source: European Committee of Regions)

The European Committee of the Regions sets out its positions on the climate a few months before COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held from 1 to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow

While the climate emergency is still very much a pressing matter, the path towards carbon neutrality must take into account the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis and the specific features of each region. Against this backdrop, rapporteur and Mayor of Autun Vincent Chauvet presented an opinion in today’s plenary session that sets out the European Committee of the …

10 Jun: Council endorses new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change

(Source: Council of the EU)

The Council today approved conclusions endorsing a new strategy that outlines a long-term vision for the EU to become a climate-resilient society that is fully adapted to the unavoidable impacts of climate change by 2050.

Climate change is not just a future threat – it is happening now. We need to be better prepared for its consequences on human health, nature and the economy. Today’s conclusions set the ball rolling for enhanced adaptation action. The new strategy focuses on better data and better use of existing data, promoting nature-based solutions, integrating financial and economic considerations …

25 May: European Green Deal – No time for Plan B

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

The European Union has a desire to lead by example in the field of climate action. President von der Leyen wants to head international negotiations and inspire other global emitters to increase their environmental commitments. Time is short and the European Commission is adamant that the pandemic will not delay nor prevent progress on its Green Deal. 

The European Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In September 2020, the Commission released an impact-assessed climate target plan and amended the climate law proposal to increase …

12 May: Remarks by Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius on the Zero Pollution Action Plan

(Source: EU Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Good afternoon everyone,

And thank you Executive Vice-President for showing importance of this initiative in a bigger picture of the European Green Deal.

Last year the Commission adopted the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It was an early bird of our wider approach towards pollution issues.

Together with that strategy, today’s plan translates our zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment into a tangible set of actions for air, water and soil.

It is needed because the EU and its Member States must ensure certain level of life quality for citizens who are now suffering …

12 May: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Timmermans on the Zero Pollution Action Plan

(Source: EU Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Good afternoon everyone,

Commissioner Sinkevičius and I are very proud to present to you the Zero Pollution Action Plan.

As mentioned, we also discussed a new approach to the Blue Economy, which is actually an integral part of that. The climate crisis, pollution, and biodiversity loss, the threat of ecocide, they all threaten our marine environment and the long-term viability of the blue economy. The approach we set out is to develop a sustainable blue economy, and Commissioner Sinkevičius will come back to that extensively on Monday. I would encourage you to listen to him, because I think …

11 May: European Union empowers women and boost climate-smart agriculture in Timor-Leste

(Source: EEAS)

“Hakbiit Feto” – Empower Women – is a new European Union-funded project, implemented by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in collaboration with Rede Feto and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), aiming to support women’s social and economic empowerment.

Currently in Timor-Leste, the main challenges for women remain deep poverty, frequent cases of domestic violence and lack of recognition of women’s contribution to the political, economic and social spheres.  Economic empowerment is particularly crucial as conflict during the Indonesian occupation and violence following the popular consultation on independence in 1999 left nearly half of all Timorese women …