BDCD Conference 2017

Enhancing  Climate Diplomacy in a Changing Political Environment

New Opportunities for Cooperation among International Organisations on Climate Threats to International, National, Human and Environmental Security

Brussels - 20 November 2017

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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.                                                                                               >> Read More


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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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Climate Change: EU Foreign Ministers call for global ambition to step up EU climate diplomacy

On 26 February the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy. The Council reconfirms that the EU will continue to lead the way in the global pursuit of climate action. It also recognises the implications that climate change has for international security and stability.

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A workshop on Climate Diplomacy on 20 February 2018 at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels provided members of the EP’s Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) with insights from experts on the state of play with climate diplomacy and provided an opportunity to reflect on the role of the EU in this field. MEPs Jo Leinen and Arne Lietz, co-rapporteurs of the EP’s own-initiative report on climate diplomacy, hosted the workshop.

Experts brief EP Members on the State of Play with Climate Diplomacy