EU supports climate action with €475m boost

The European Union (EU) has signed a deal to provide €475 million (£345m) to 79 countries to help tackle climate change. It aims to support climate action, resilience building and the […]

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The European Union (EU) has signed a deal to provide €475 million (£345m) to 79 countries to help tackle climate change.

It aims to support climate action, resilience building and the environment in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific States (ACP) up to 2020.

The agreement, made at the COP21 conference in Paris, is the 11th European Development Fund between the EU and the ACP.

They also agreed the global Paris agreement should be “legally binding, inclusive, fair, ambitious, durable and dynamic” and set out a “clear and operational long term goal which is in line with science”.

They added countries should meet up every five years to consider the progress made.

EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said: “These negotiations are not about ‘them’ and ‘us’. These negotiations are about all of us, both developed and developing countries, finding common ground and solutions together.

“This is why the EU and the ACP countries have agreed to join forces for an ambitious outcome here in Paris.”

World leaders have made various pledges on tacking climate change at the COP21 conference since Monday.