President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said: “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation. Developed countries have a special responsibility to take the lead in cutting emissions and pushing a comprehensive, global agreement on future climate action, in the UN framework. Last week in Lisbon, we launched the International Carbon Action Partnership, an initiative of pioneers from around the world to develop a global carbon market. Focusing the second edition of the European Development Days on climate change stresses this sense of global responsibility in tackling this issue. We are determined to help developing countries to face the impact of climate change on the environment and on human and social development.”
European Commissioner for Development and humanitarian aid Louis Michel will be present throughout the three-day event in Lisbon. Commissioner Michel said: “Nobody does more for developing countries than Europe. We are on track with scaling up development assistance, we are making it more effective together with the Member States and we strive to ensure other EU policies like trade and environment more coherent with development goals. All this effort could go to waste if we do not act on climate change. This is the biggest single challenge which we need to tackle together with our partners in developing countries.”
In September, the European Commission proposed a Global Alliance specific to climate change. The aim is to encourage adaptation measures, reduce emissions from deforestation, take advantage of the global carbon market and help developing countries be better prepared for natural disasters.
DEVDAYs 2007 takes place in the run up to the EU-Africa Summit on 8-9 December and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali from 14 December.
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