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In 2018, the EU GCCA+ celebrates a decade of commitment to fighting climate change. In the past 10 years since the European Union set up the original Global Climate Change Alliance (EU GCCA), it has tirelessly continued to make the case for climate change worldwide, contributing significantly to the current global policy framework. Today, the EU and its Member States have assumed a leading role in climate action and in providing climate finance to the most vulnerable countries.

The EU GCCA was established by the EU in 2007, with an initial envelope of more than EUR 300 million to support the most vulnerable developing countries. From the outset, it was unique in its focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as well as Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The EU was one of the first development agencies to recognise the particular vulnerability of SIDS and the need to prioritise partnerships both with and between them. 

By building on lessons learned and in line with the European Commission’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020, the GCCA has reached a new phase: it is the flagship initiative Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (EU GCCA+) with a total commitment of EUR 737 million over the whole period 2007-2020.

This 'Plus' phase of the EU GCCA programme is characterised by new features and a strategic orientation towards supporting the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular goal 13 related to climate change, in line with the vision of the European Consensus on Development.

The European Consensus on Development outlines a shared vision and framework for action for the EU and its Member States. The policy addresses the main focus points of the 2030 Agenda – people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership – integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It underlines the links between development and other policies, including climate change, and reaffirms the commitment to a rules-based global order, with multilateralism and the United Nations at its core. 

These strategic orientations also integrate other global policy frameworks, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COP21 Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway, the International Framework for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, but also key EU policies and plans such as the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020

Download the EU GCCA+ Concept note here 

Read the editorial Supporting the fight against climate change in vulnerable countries written by Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General INTPA

Read the article The origins of EU GCCA: remembering how the alliance was born written by Walter Kennes, one of the pioneers of EU GCCA (full article here)