The EU-LAC Foundation and the Institut des Amériques organised the symposium “Europe-Latin America and the Caribbean: perspectives on the climate challenge, from the local to the global” last Thursday, June 4. The event brought together government officials, researchers, and representatives of international organisations from both regions. This event, held at the French Senate, was part of the “Latin America and Caribbean week in France”, promoted by the French authorities since 2011 to strengthen relations between France and this region.
In view of the next United Nations Climate Chance Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December, this event was the opportunity to reflect on the consequences of climate change in the EU and Latin America and Caribbean countries, and a moment to exchange experiences in both regions in terms of sustainable management and strengthening the resilience of communities.
In the opening ceremony, the EU-LAC Foundation president Benita Ferrero- Waldner, highlighted the consequences of global warming in the Caribbean region: rising sea levels, drought beaches, coral bleaching, loss of fish stocks, are some of the damage recorded. Ferrero-Waldner stressed that the actual strategies of bi-regional cooperation against climate change, have been created to reduce poverty as well, because these problems are closely related.
Ferrero-Waldner reiterated that European, Latin American and Caribbean States have the will to create bonds for fighting against climate change, but she reminded that it is important to "work together under the principle of common but differentiated responsibility".
The reflections and conclusions of this event will contribute to the "Agenda Solution" promoted by France, which proposes an approach to the climate challenge from the solution-sharing rather than burden-sharing perspective.