FIIAPP met with several Latin American dignitaries at COP23 to support the Paris Agreement implementation policies
EUROCLIMA+, the European Union programme to reinforce the capacity of 18 Latin American countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change, whose climate governance component is being led by FIIAPP, held talks with various ministers from countries in the region to follow up on the work aimed at implementing the aims set out by each country as part of the Paris Agreement, as well as to bolster dialogue on climate policies.
In the bilateral talks held as part of COP23 in Bonn, various ongoing projects were discussed to support the policies to implement these goals, such as the Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Policies, one of the keys to fulfilling these agreements and in line with the so-called “Tanaloa dialogue”, which came about at this COP. As part of this dialogue, the states must report on how they will increase the ambitiousness of their commitments to reducing emissions at the next conference.
Another achievement at COP23 was the creation of the Gender Action Plan in climate matters, with a platform that will give indigenous communities a voice in the negotiations. In this regard, one of FIIAPP’s strategic plans at EUROCLIMA+ is the intersectionality of the gender component in climate policies, an idea that was emphasised and reinforced in meetings with ministers.
EUROCLIMA+ is chiefly implemented by five agencies of EU member states, chosen because of their record in executing projects in the region and in the area of climate change and the environment: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP), Agence Française de Developpement (AFD), Expertise France (EF), and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The programme has come at a particularly relevant time – just as the countries prepare to implement the Paris Agreement and their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) for 2020, as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.