Desertification, drought, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, the spread of diseases, population displacement: those hardest hit by global warming will invariably be the world’s developing countries.
During the European development days conference (Lisbon, 7-9 November), government officials from EU, African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be joined by representatives of the UN and non‑governmental organisations for lectures and discussions designed to find common solutions to mitigate the effect of climate change on development.
One of the eight millennium development goals that UN member countries have committed to achieving by 2015 is environmental sustainability . The EU - in the vanguard of both development aid and the fight against climate change - has made environmental concerns and biodiversity cornerstones of its international development policy.
Last September, the EU proposed a global alliance to combat climate change. The alliance is intended to help the least equipped countries to better prepare for natural disasters. The European development days event will be the first opportunity to discuss this venture with the countries concerned.
EU department for international development