Connie Hedegaard: "Pacific states can count on continued climate cooperation from Europe"
The European Union has launched a €20 million programme to help build a climate-resilient Pacific region.
The 'ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific' programme was signed by Connie Hedegaard, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and Mr Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states during the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Majuro, Marshall Islands.
Connie Hedegaard said: "For the Pacific people, climate change is not about a distant future. It has become the new normal. This programme will help the Pacific states in their efforts to adapt to this new climate reality. The Pacific states can count on Europe to continue its climate cooperation in the region”.
Through the programme the EU will provide €20 million to support the Pacific states in addressing the impacts of climate change and the urgent need to improve resilience to natural disasters.