UN Climate Change Conference In Cancun
Statement by Commissioners Andris Piebalgs, Connie Hedegaard, and Stefan Füle at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun.
As the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun (the follow up to last year's conference in Copenhagen) kicks off this week, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs (together with Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, and the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Füle,) announced the creation of climate "windows" in all EU regional Investment Facilities to help projects in developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change and invest in a low emission future.
In 2010 the EU has mobilised fast start funding of more than € 2.2 billion to support developing countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. This is part of the EU’s overall commitment to provide € 7.2 billion for the period 2010-2012. Last night, Commissioner Hedegaard took part in a live video conference with inhabitants of one of the 600 isolated rural communities in Peru who now have electricity from renewable energy resources thanks to the EU's EURO-SOLAR regional Programme for Latin America. The live video link was a valuable way of illustrating the work that the EU is doing in climate change projects throughout the world.