Five months before the crucial phase of the Climate change conference (COP 21) in Paris, EU Environment ministers will meet on 22-23 July 2015 in Luxembourg in order to discuss climate finance, one of the crucial elements of the forthcoming Paris Agreement.
The topic will be addressed after keynote presentations by Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director of the Green climate fund, by Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP. The ministers will debate on concrete measures and financing instruments to support climate action.
Update on climate negotiations
Ministers will also take stock of the climate negotiations in the light of the latest meeting of the Major Economic Forum (MEF), which took place on 18-19 July 2015 in Luxembourg and the latest round of the COP21 informal consultations. This debate will be followed by a first discussion round on the core elements of the EU negotiation mandate for Paris, which should be adopted by Environment Council in September 2015.
Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will present the European Commission’s proposal revising the ETS directive to the ministers.
Sustainable development goals and the state of biodiversity
Ministers will also discuss the Post 2015 agenda and in particular the ecological dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be adopted on 25-27 September 2015 during the UN Summit on the matter.
The lunch debate will have a particular focus on biodiversity: in this context, “BirdLife” will present key findings of its mid-term report of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.