Brussels, 22 June 2018
High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini today hosted an unprecedented high level event - Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action - which drove home both the urgency and importance of tackling the risks that climate change poses to security and peace. Ministers from around the world, top United Nations officials, and leading experts testified to the many real and potential security threats deriving from climate change. 
A key message from the meeting was that “No matter how much states, donors and development partners invest in promoting economic and social development as a means to prevent conflict and sustain peace and security, if climate risks are left out of the equation, much of that effort may be in vain”. 

European External Action Service hosts high level conference on Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action

7th Meeting of the Hague Roundatable held in Washington, D.C. 

Washington, D.C., 24 April 2018

Climate Risks and Resilience – Highlighting Initiatives to Face Common Challenges” was the theme of a special meeting of The Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington D.C. on Tuesday 24 April 2018. The event was co-hosted by the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs and the Embassy of the Netherlands to the United States. 

European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action launched 

Brussels, 23 April 2018 

The shift towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy has been driven largely by bottom-up initiatives led by citizens, innovative businesses and various civil society stakeholders, as well as by local and regional authorities, collectively referred to as non-state and sub-national actors. In recent years, the number, scope and scale of non-state climate actions has grown rapidly. However, non-state actors still encounter obstacles that make it difficult for them to initiate and implement their climate actions successfully. 

In response, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions and the Climate Chance Association organised a regional Talanoa dialogue in Brussels on 23 April 2018 to launch the European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action. The purpose of this event was  to put forward an action plan aiming at assessing, recognising, accelerating and supporting climate actions, as well as improving governance. 

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

Brussels, 26 February 2018 

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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Brussels, 20 February 2018 

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.  

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