Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Diplomacy week addresses climate security

Canberra, 19/06/2017 - 01:38, UNIQUE ID: 170619_2
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European Union Climate Diplomacy Week this year will focus on climate security challenges such as mass migration, food and water scarcity and increased risks of conflicts in the most vulnerable areas of the world. European and Australian security experts, political figures and Ambassadors will be part of the 2017 Climate week.

For the third consecutive year the European Union and its Member States have organised European Climate Diplomacy Week in Australia. Climate diplomacy week is a global EU initiative to build relationships with key local actors from governments, business and civil society and to promote the global transition to a low emissions, resilient and resource efficient economy.

The week of events will include an exhibition at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra where senior military leaders will outline the Australian Defence Force's response to climate security issues. There will also be panel discussions, roundtables and movie screenings about climate security.

The EU's Ambassador to Australia, Sem Fabrizi, said this year's climate diplomacy week comes at a crucial time after the US administration announced it would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The European Union and its Member States are more committed than ever to the agreement and ready to take on global leadership with their international partners.

"The main objective of climate diplomacy week this year is to promote ambitious climate resilience and adaptation policies to foster peace and stability worldwide," Ambassador Fabrizi said. "It is very important for the EU to work with its Australian counterparts and other international partners to address challenges such as water scarcity, lack of food security, floods and the increasing incidence of extreme weather events."

"These threats can lead to increased resource competition, undermine social cohesion, weaken the legitimacy and capacity of government authorities and spark mass migration and armed conflict. Sustainable development can achieve economic growth and strengthen resilience to environmental risks."

Climate diplomacy week will start today and run until Thursday with a series of events. The Netherlands' Ambassador to Australia, Erica Schouten, will speak in Melbourne while the Danish Ambassador, Tom Nørring, will attend an event in Adelaide. Ambassador Fabrizi as well as the Belgium Ambassador, Jean-Luc Bodson, and the Italian Ambassador, Pier Francesco Zazo, will attend events in Canberra.

For more information about European Climate Diplomacy Week please contact the EU's Media Advisor in Australia, Nick Pedley, on nick.pedley@eeas.europa.eu or 02 6271 2744.

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