The European Union and the ACP Group of States, which represents African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, today reaffirmed their commitment to full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and called on the global community to maintain the momentum for ambitious action.
The 28 EU and 79 ACP countries reiterate that strong global action is imperative to accelerate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, prevent negative impacts of climate change and ensure we collectively deliver on the long term goals of the Paris Agreement.
In the run-up to the next UN climate conference in November this year (COP23), the ACP and EU will work together towards implementation of the Paris Agreement, particularly addressing the challenges faced by the most vulnerable nations, including Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries, land-locked countries and coastal countries.
The ACP and EU urge all parties and stakeholders to move forward with the economy-wide low-carbon transition needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure all nations have the support they need for implementation, so that nobody is left behind.
European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “Fighting climate change is not a zero-sum game. It is a win-win-win for people, business and the planet. We, developed and developing countries together, will forge ahead on putting our Paris commitments into practice and reaping the benefits of building future-proof societies glued together by global solidarity.”
ACP Secretary General Patrick Gomes said: “The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented global effort to build a more sustainable future for us all. The ACP Group and the EU continue to defend and strengthen this partnership. We call on the global community to maintain and step up its efforts to secure the future of our planet.”