Labour MEP: Climate partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific nations “could be a real game changer”

The European Commission has announced a new era of partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations at the Paris climate change talks, outlining a shared commitment for an ambitious and binding global climate deal.

The partnership is part of a greater ‘coalition of ambition’, which now includes the US, sharing the same goals and comprised of 196 countries party to the negotiations.

The key demands of the coalition include: an agreement in Paris be legally binding; a clear long-term goal on global warming be set which is fair, ambitious, dynamic and durable, and in line with scientific advice; a review mechanism be introduced for reviewing countries emissions commitments every five year; and strong commitments be included on transparency and accountability to track countries progress.

Seb Dance MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on environment, and a member of the ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly, said:

“This could be a real game changer. It leaves behind the notion that these talks are pitting developed and developing countries against one another.

“The keys tenets of this agreement are crucial for these talks to be a success, and it recognises the fact that we can only avoid a future defined by climate change and its negative consequences together.

“With just two days left, work now needs to be made to bridge the gap between a large block of countries pushing for higher ambition levels and those harbouring some doubts. The mood is positive, but we cannot allow these talks to end in failure and recriminations.”