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Climate Diplomacy Week: EU steps up international cooperation on climate change

21/06/2018 - 12:00

Our planet faces numerous climate challenges. The adverse effects of climate change are felt all over the world and pose a great threat to the environment and people. Also, they could undermine both the development gains made over many decades and the prospects for achieving the UN's 2030 agenda, the sustainable development goals which all EU countries have signed up to.

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Climate Diplomacy Week is a time, where EU Delegations around the world reach out to communities and partner organisations, highlighting positive global action and collaboration on climate change.






The Paris Agreement on climate change, signed in 2015, sets out an action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change. It has set the direction for the global transition to low-emission, climate-resilient economies and societies. This year, governments and stakeholders from all over the world are getting together to assess how far we have come since Paris and to look at solutions and possibilities to enhance action under the ‘Talanoa Dialogue’. Taking place throughout 2018, this process (inspired by the Pacific tradition of ‘talanoa’, an open and inclusive dialogue) is the first opportunity since Paris to look at our collective efforts so far, as well as opportunities to increase global ambition.

The European Union is committed to climate action and has a strong track record on domestic emissions reductions and support to others. The EU is working towards cutting domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Also, it will continue to work together with all partners to enhance climate action in the EU and globally, through for example policy dialogues and capacity-building projects.

The EU, its Member States and the European Investment Bank contributed EUR 20.2 billion in public climate finance towards developing countries in 2016. The EU remains committed to the collective goal of mobilising USD 100 billion a year in climate finance by 2020 and through to 2015 from a variety of sources to support action in developing countries.


2018 will see two Climate Diplomacy Weeks: the first one from 18-24 June and the second one from 24-30 September 2018. To emphasise the significance of this week, there are planned several major meetings in the EU.


Petersberg Dialogue (17-19 June)

On 18 and 19 June, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Government of the Republic of Poland hosted the 9th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. It was concluded with a clear commitment to the ambitious and socially-compatible implementation of the Paris Agreement. Representatives of 35 countries formulated a clear expectation that the implementing rules for the Paris Agreement will be adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice at the end of this year.

The Ministerial on Climate Change MoCA (20-21 June) in Brussels

On 20-21 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel  Arias Cañete , the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, and China’s Special Representative on Climate Change, Xie Zhenhua are convening a major international climate meeting in Brussels. The second Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) will be attended by ministers and high-level representatives from over 35 countries, including ministers from the G20 and chairs of key party groups in the UN climate negotiations. Day one of the meeting will focus on the expected outcomes of the COP24 UN climate conference in December in Katowice, Poland while day two will address key Matters Relating to the work program of the Paris Agreement. As we move towards COP24, leadership will be crucial for addressing the core issues in global climate negotiations and building a common ground to support the UN negotiating process. At the UN climate conference in Katowice, political discussions will take place on progress toward the goal of global climate ambition, a high-level ministerial dialogue on climate finance and the global stocktake on pre-2020 action.

Event on Climate, peace and security hosted by HRVP Federica Mogherini (22 June) also in Brussels.

On Friday 22 June, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will convene the High Level Event Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action in Palais d'Egmont, Brussels. Ministers from around the world, top United Nations officials and leading experts and advocates will discuss global security and peace challenges deriving from climate change.

The aim of the event is to strengthen the global political momentum and shared determination to recognise and address the issue. Through interactive discussions, the speakers will shed light on the gravest security threats posed by climate change and identify how best they can be managed. Inspired by the EU Global Strategy's integrated approach to risk and security, this high level gathering will delve into two main themes: the responsibility to prepare in the face of climate security risks; and the necessity to move from early warning to early action.