European Commission and Germany contribute €10 million to UNDP to help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissionsListen /
25 developing countries around the world are to get help in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The help comes from the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) that have each announced a €5 million contribution to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The joint Low Emission Capacity Building Programme – which now has a budget of more than €32 million – was launched in 11 countries in 2011 with contributions from the European Commission and BMU. Its' been since expanded to a further 14 countries in 2012 as a result of additional funding from the European Commission and the Government of Australia's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and AusAID.
The Programme supports participating countries by helping them develop low-emission development strategies and nationally appropriate actions to reduce or mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. It also helps these countries design systems for better measuring, reporting and verification of results.
Administrator of the UN Development Programme, Helen Clark said "There is an urgent need to act now to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change", adding that "This is a global challenge and requires global solutions" .
Donn Bobb, United Nations.