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Third EUROCLIMA Seminar

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14 October 2013, 12:30 to 15 October 2013, 18:30

The Third Regional EUROCLIMA Seminar will be held in the city of Brussels, Belgium on the 14th and 15th of October. It aims to continue the process of reflection on the strengths of the programme’s first phase and their relevance for the next phase, to plan future actions in a coherent and coordinated way together with the programme’s institutional partners and national Focal Points, and to establish the Programme Monitoring Committee.

Catherine Ghyoot, EUROCLIMA Programme Manager of the European Commission’s EuropeAid stresses that “the Third EUROCLIMA Seminar will be an excellent opportunity to reflect, for example, on how to leverage institutional strengths to achieve increased political advocacy and an efficient adoption of the results of the programme’s first phase”.

After the Second Seminar, held last February in Bogota, Colombia, the agencies implementing the program adapted their proposals in accordance with the observations made by the Focal Points. During the programme’s Third Regional Seminar actions will be analysed in detail, in order to ensure the coherence and coordination of EUROCLIMA’s components, and to review agendas to synchronize the programme’s actions with important events foreseen in the coming years, particularly the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima, the 2nd summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) – European Union (EU), and the COP21 in Paris.

Likewise, during the Second Bogota Seminar it was agreed to establish the Programme Monitoring Committee to improve the coordination among the agencies implementing the programme and the communication with the Focal Points. Hence, during this Third Seminar the functioning principles of this Committee will be discussed, the Committee’s members for the first period will be elected, and its first meeting will take place.

For this Third Seminar, the participation of two persons per country is expected: the Focal Point, or the person they delegate, together with another representative of each EUROCLIMA’s partner country, as well as the delegates of the programme’s implementing agencies: the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

On a political level, the EUROCLIMA programme and its Focal Points will be participating that same week on the 16th and the 17th of October in the Round Table “Engaging with Latin America and the Caribbean on Climate Change”. Senior government officials of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and their counterparts of the European Union’s Member States, the European Commission and the European External Action Service will meet at this Round Table to boost high level discussions between the stakeholders from EU and LAC – diplomats and national policy professionals – in order to explore ways to advance efficiently in EU-LAC climate cooperation.

Finally, and making use of the presence of the EUROCLIMA’s Focal Points in Brussels, on Friday 18th the participants will visit a successful initiative of the European Union in the fight against climate change. This initiative, the Covenant of Mayors (http://www.eumayors.eu) is the main European initiative through which local and regional authorities have taken on a voluntary commitment to improve energy efficiency and pursue the use of renewable energy sources in their territories. The signatories to the Covenant have proposed to exceed the EU objective to reduce CO2 emissions with 20% by 2020.

The Third Seminar is an internal event, aimed primarily at getting Latin American and European participants together to work out details of the actions and events for the next phase of the EUROCLIMA programme.

To keep informed about the programme, its future activities and publications, please register to receive our Newsletter here: http://www.euroclima.org/en/services/publications/newsletter.

For more information on these events, please contact:

Mr. Jan Karremans, Director Technical Assistance, EUROCLIMA jan.karremans@euroclima.org

Mrs. Valentina Villoria, Communication and Visibility Expert, EUROCLIMA valentina.villoria@euroclima.org

EUROCLIMA is a programme funded by the European Union. For more information about the EUROCLIMA programme, please refer to www.euroclima.org.

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