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The EU expects this year's UN climate conference (COP23) to reaffirm once again the international community's commitment to stepping up the global response to climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Contributions from the EU and its member states to support developing countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and coping with the impacts of climate change showed a significant increase in 2016.

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Opening the Our Ocean Conference in Malta today, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini announced EUR 560 million of EU funds for 36 concrete actions to protect and ensure the security of the world's oceans. In our globalised world, she said, 90 per cent of world trade is seaborne and millions of jobs and livelihoods depend on the oceans, which are a common good and must be managed through international cooperation. Our oceans are in danger. By 2050 they could contain more plastic than fish.

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The European Union will host the fourth edition of the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, on 5 - 6 October 2017.

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