23rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly:
- extracts from the meetings
Ref84202 // European Parliament , Horsens, Denmark //
Lieu: AQUA FORUM, HORSENS, DENMARK
End production: 29/05/2012 First transmission: 29/05/2012
Second working day for the 23rd Session of the ACP-EU (Africa Caribbean Pacific - European Union) Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Denmark.
This morning the meetings focused on social and environmental impact of mining in ACP countries, and climate action, and the preparation of the Rio+20 Summit. They include Statements by rapporteurs from the EP and ACP countries as well as interviews of Mariya NEDELCHEVA (EPP, BG) and Connie Hedegaard, Member of the Commission in charge of Climate Change
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the AQUA FORUM (venue of the 23rd ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly), Flags (2 shots)
||EU ACP information TV monitor, meeting documents (proposal for resolution), (4 shots)
||General views of the Plenary Session of the 23rd ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2 shots)
||Cutaways on Presidency, ACP EU delegates, (3 shots)
|| Extract of the debate on the Social and environmental impact of mining in ACP countries
SOUNDBITE (English), Dr Mary MWANJALWA, Tanzania,Rapporteur," We are in dilemna whether we should say minerals are a blessing or not? Because in the first place we get revenues from sell of these minerals but on the other hand minerals cause a lot of social and environmental problems."
||Cutaways on Dr Mary MWANJALWA, (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Edit BAUER (EPP, SK), Rapporteur," Child labour is still widely practicised in small mining operations in particular, these activities expose children to serious risk of injury, toxic chemicals and even fatal dangers"
||OUNDBITE (English) by Edit BAUER (EPP, SK), Rapporteur," Money laundering and tax evasion would multiply illicit profit from the income generated by the mining".
||Cutaways on Connie Hedegaard , Member of the European Commission with reponsibility for Climate Action (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Connie HEDEGAARD, Member of the Commission with responsibility for Climate Action,”May be some of you share the same feeling, Oh it's almost getting too late, we can not achieve a lot in Rio, Ladies and Gentlemen, we can not afford not to achieve something , and something substantial in Rio. We have to have substantial deliverables in Rio , (Applause)“.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Connie HEDEGAARD, Member of the Commission with responsibility for Climate Action,”Green growth is not just something for us in the developed part of the world. It is definitely something for all of us because it's simply means that you take into consideration that the growth we create can be done with the resources we have can respect natural boundaries that we sort of not only see growth as one pillar here , and then social development like one pillar here and environment and climate as one pillar here, we have to have a much more hollistic approach."
||Cutaways ACP delegates listening, Presidency, ACP-EU Banner (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Mariya NEDELCHEVA (EPP, BG),” How to fight this curse of natural resources and turn it into a blessing for development,I believe that was central in our discussion. It is clear that more transparency is needed when negotiating contracts, and then we all agree that when you have mining , the profits should go to the local population and local development and when we are speaking about hiring local workers it is very important to invest in their training. Local workers are there and need training. As regards the role of the Parliament or civil society it is impotant to implicate them more in the negotiations of the contracts and give them access to information."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Connie HEDEGAARD, Member of the Commission with responsibility for Climate Action,”I think it is embarassing that thousand of negotiators last week had to spend more than a week fighting over an agenda issue, you we have to go down to business. We can not afford to back track from what was achieved in Durban and I believe that the countries who are trying to back track , they should really realise that the world can not afford that, we have already wasted enough time “.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Connie HEDEGAARD, Member of the Commission with responsibility for Climate Action,” Now we are in Denmark, I can sort of have an insurance and then I'll be home safe somehow, my whole existence will not be destroyed , it is not the same if you are a family father in a very poor country. So that is why sustainable development, social development and social inclusion , poverty eradication , growth and climate change, all of that goes hand in hand, and I hope that RIO+20 could mark that very clearly“.
||cutaways of Connie Hedegaard with Tonga representative (2 shots)