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  • 21/01/2015
    Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington <p> <strong>HIGH REPRESENTATIVE MOGHERINI:</strong> Thank you, John. You’ve said it all. As my first trip as a minister was to Washington, my first trip, my visit as a high representative for the European Union outside of our immediate region is in Washington. In think that’s natural and that is exactly because we work every day on common challenges in a very united and common way.</p> 01/21/2015 00:00:00 01/21/2015 00:00:00 01/21/2015 00:00:00 01/09/2016 00:00:00 2015012100 090126248e1e2a7b N 090126248e1e2a7b /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_en.htm 17611 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington
  • 19/01/2015
    Main Results of Foreign Affairs Council meeting, January 2015
  • 23/09/2014
    Speech by President Barroso at the Climate Summit 2014

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Environment and Climate Change issues are increasingly acknowledged by the international and diplomatic communities in their own right but also due to the growing interdependencies with other policy fields such astrade, security, conflict prevention and migration.

Similar to other external policy fields, the EU is using its complimentary foreign policy instruments, including policy dialogue, international negotiations and financial instruments to advance the EU international Environment and Climate Change agenda.

The EU has played a key role as a proponent of international environmental action and co-operation. The EU is a party to the Rio Conventions of 1992 which were a major achievement for environmental protection. The EU is also a party to a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements which usually include a commitment to help developing countries in implementation of these agreements.

In 2002 the EU adopted a specific Strategy on Environmental Integration in External Policies. The aim of the strategy was to specifically define how best to pursue EU international environmental policy in the day-to-day conduct of external relations. Since the adoption of the strategy the European Commission and the EU Member States have intensified their efforts in this area. One of the great successes of this work is the Green Diplomacy Network.

Climate change in particular has become a priority in EU relations with third countries. It is evident that a global concerted effort is needed in order to respond to the challenges that climate change presents. An effective diplomatic effort is therefore vital so as to ensure that the impacts of climate change, as well as the opportunities for preventing and responding to these impacts are sufficiently addressed at the highest political level throughout the world. In response to the need to further enhance Europe’s climate diplomacy and the opportunities arising in the post-Lisbon setting, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted a series of conclusions on 18 July 2011 and on 24 June 2013 . The conclusions were prepared by a Joint Reflection Paper pdf - 123 KB [123 KB] elaborated between the EEAS and the services of the European Commission.