Climate Change impacts hit the poorest and most vulnerable people and nations, first. It sets yet another hurdle in the global fight to eradicate poverty and to help the world's most vulnerable people to achieve a decent standard of living. Human health, settlements, food production and drinking water supplies, as well as increased floods and droughts are all adding to the increased risks which developing countries face. All of this is coupled with the fact that developing countries have contributed little to the historic build-up of greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere. Therefore climate change policy and advocacy must take into account the goals and aims of development policy.
It is essential that the EU's - as collectively it is the largest donor of aid in the world - climate change policy is aligned with the goals of poverty eradication and long-term environmental sustainability. In addition economic progress within this context must be done on a low climate emission pathway that is completely de-coupled from environmental degradation.
For all these reasons CAN-Europe is committed to working to bridge the nexus between climate change impacts and development through working on sustainable development goals, adaptation policy within EU borders and adaptation within EU foreign affairs policy and seeking to ensure these are in line with EU mitigation goals.