Effective climate diplomacy requires action at all levels

Climate change affects everyone – from villagers in the most remote parts of the world, to metropolitan heads of government and private sector leaders. 

Amid a changing political landscape and an increase in climate impacts, dialogue and collaboration are needed more than ever to make a lasting difference.

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Toward a new kind of Multilateralism

The Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) is an informal network  for the exchange of information and to promote cooperation among European institutions and international organisations active in the nexus between climate change and international, national, human and environmental security.

Our first meeting was organised by the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) at the European Climate Foundation (ECF) in Brussels on 31 March 2016.  The discussion focused on a presentation from the Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC) highlighting much hope that the Paris Agreement finalised at COP21 in December 2015 had changed the rules of engagement on climate change which should lead to a new kind of multilateralism and real progress in reducing the threats posed by climate change. Participants recognised the importance of communicating the grand sum of many small decisions - from this point onward. Every new decision taken on infrastructure, security, energy, etc. has an impact and needs to be seen as such.                                                                                             

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 Participating Organisations 

The Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy is an informal network. Attendees at the BDCD meetings may participate in their individual capacities and not necessarily as representatives of their respective organisations.