The Foreign Affairs Council on 26 February stressed the importance of maintaining global commitment to the landmark Paris Agreement. Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: "With 2018 a crucial year for accelerating our work to turn the Paris Agreement into action, the EU is stepping up its efforts to reach out to countries and stakeholders all around the world. We are determined to continue playing a leading role in delivering on the promises of the Paris Agreement – and we want everybody on board."
The Council's conclusions highlighted the links between climate change and security. The Council recognized the extent to which climate change impacts international security and stability both directly and indirectly. The EU reiterated its support for the continued work in the framework of the G7 and the UN system, encouraging the UN Security Council to increase its focus on the climate and security nexus and on making it a recurrent item in its deliberations.
Emphasis was also given to the importance of political outreach and public diplomacy surrounding climate issues with 2018 being the year of the 'Talanoa Dialogue' – a facilitative process to help review progress towards the global goals of the Paris Agreement ahead of COP24. The Council underlined the importance of continued action and leadership by G20 economies that collectively account for some 80% of global emissions, as well as the need to strengthen existing and seek new alliances with countries in all regions. The Talanoa Dialogue will be the central theme for EU climate diplomacy in 2018.
Read more about the Council's conclusions here.