COP25: EU-funded Clima-Med showcasing true-to-life steps to accomplish climate actions
December 26, 2019
On 13 December at the UNFCCC COP25 in IFEMA Madrid, the Clima-Med project and the Union for the Mediterranean, (UfM) organised a joint side-event ‘’True-to-life steps to accomplish climate actions: From initiating policies to enhancing climate finance access and action implementation”.
Clima-Med’s side-event was held at the EU Pavilion and demonstrated the efforts of the European Union to encourage its global partners, from all governance levels, and advance with the implementation of National Determination Contributions (NDCs), in line with the Paris Agreement. It brought together high-level representatives of governments, local authorities from the South Mediterranean region, as well as representatives of major financial organizations to set forward and promote the climate actions and approaches undertaken in the region.
The event was an opportunity to take stock and highlight the contributions of tens of cities and their roles to mainstream the implementation of NDCs, done through concrete mitigation and adaptation policies and projects and identify international public climate finance attracted by projects in the region. Clima-Med’s Communication expert, Myriam Makdissi who set the scene for the conference by presenting the context of the event and introducing the main theme, moderated the session.
The European Commission is committed to reach the Paris Agreement objectives with global partners from all governance levels. Delivering his opening speech, Mr. Stefano Dotto, Head of Sector, Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Transport at DG NEAR, European Commission informed the participants that the EC adopted its Communication indication about how to implement the EU Green Deal, which meant to make the EU becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
The EU-funded project “Clima-Med – Acting for Climate in South Mediterranean” aims at supporting the transition of partner countries towards sustainable, low-carbon and climate-resilient development. The overall objective of the initiative is to enhance energy security and adaptive capacity of partner countries and subsequently contribute to more stable, efficient, competitive and climate-resilient socioeconomic contexts, while increasing energy sovereignty and reducing CO2 emissions.