27 Feb 2019

New EU deal with Pacific to fight climate change

7:08 pm on 27 February 2019

A new development deal struck between the european Union and the Pacific will enhance cooperation in the fight against climate change, the EU says.

The EU is leading discussions in Samoa this week on the Cotonou Partnership Agreement with African, Carribean and Pacific countries.

A Post-Cotonou agreement will replace the current arrangement when it expires in 2020.

The head of the EU's international cooperation and development unit, Domenico Rosa, said the new deal would prioritise climate change, ocean govenance, resource management and human security.

"The Cotonou agreement in shifting in terms of focus from a traditional development agreement into a much more modern partnership of political nature," Mr Rosa said.