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Rio+20 : Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries
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Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries
15 Jun 2012 - 15 Jun 2012
4:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Athletes Park, EU Pavilion

The European Commission supports capacity building in ACP Countries for the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). The programme was jointly developed by UNEP and collaborating partners such as UNCCD, FAO, SAICM, relevant Conventions’ Secretariats, for example Basel, UNCCD, UNFCC, among others. This programme is implemented under the coordination and facilitation of UNEP.

Capacity building related to multilateral environmental agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries is a four-year 21 million euro project funded from the 9th European Development Fund (EDF-9). The project began on 1 March 2009 and is scheduled to end on 28 February 2013.

On the donor side EDF funds are administered by the European Commission Directorate General for Development Cooperation (previously DG AidCo). On the beneficiary side EDF funds are negotiated by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States. The EDF cycle encompasses development cooperation financing covering a wide range of sectors, including environment.

The overall objective of the Programme is to build and enhance capacity of ACP countries to better comply with, implement and enforce MEAs and related commitments to address adverse effects of climate change, chemicals, loss of biodiversity, drought, land degradation, and other threats to the environment.

The ACP MEAs project supports implementation of MEAs through two components:

Component 1: This component is supported by 3 Regional MEAs Hubs which are currently represented in Africa by the African Union in Addis Ababa, in the Pacific by SPREP in Samoa, and in the Caribbean region by the CARICOM in Georgetown, Guyana.
Component 2: This component is supported through the implementation of specific MEAs (UNFCCC-CDM, UNCCD-GM, Chemicals under SAICM Quick Start Programme-QSP and Clean up of obsolete pesticides).
Specific role of UNEP

UNEP is responsible for the following functions:
i) UNEP is the overall coordinator and facilitator of the two components under the ACP MEAs programme. Funds under the ACP MEAs project are channeled through three contribution agreements between the European Commission and UNEP, FAO and UNCCD-GM, respectively.
ii) UNEP is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the 13 million euro EC-UNEP Contribution Agreement, which encompasses Component 1 (Regional Hubs) and two Component 2 sub-components, viz. those related to the Clean Development Mechanism (implemented by UNEP Risoe Centre) and the Sounds Management of Chemicals (administered by the SAICM Secretariat).

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