Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
Global Issues
Francesca Cameron, New Security Beat

On October 13, the United Nations General Assembly appointed Antonio Guterres as the next UN secretary-general.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
Janine Felson

Vulnerable countries urgently need predictable support, funding that will offer countless health, economic and development co-benefits of cleaner energy sources writes Ambassador Janine Felson, the Deputy Permanent Representative Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations.

 

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Water
Asia
Liu Qin

Chinese scientists call for countries to work together to reduce emissions of black carbon which is causing glaciers to retreat on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, reports Liu Qin.

Slovak EU Council Presidency

The adoption of the Appendix to the Montreal Protocol on reducing fluorinated greenhouse gases (HFC) successfully concluded the 28th meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (10–14 October 2016, Kigali, Rwanda). The Slovak delegation led by the Slovak Minister for the Environment, László Sólymos, conducted the negotiations on behalf of the EU.

Climate Diplomacy
Europe
14 October, 2016

Quote of the Month

Miguel Arias Cañete

"Our collective task is to turn our commitments into action on the ground. We have the policies and tools to meet our targets, steer the global clean energy transition and modernise our economy."

Stephan Wolters, adelphi

This summer, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini revealed the long-awaited Global Strategy “Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe”. As part of the Strategy, the EU broadens its climate diplomacy approach and integrates it into its overall foreign and security policy thinking. Its predecessor, the European Security Strategy, released in 2003, contained no mention of the climate, whereas now it is cited 26 times. Indeed, this is an important step to help ensure that external climate action is more effective and coherent. Policymakers and diplomats of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and foreign services of the Member States are now tasked with putting this shared vision into practice.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
North America
29 September, 2016

Quote of the Month

John Kerry, Secretary of State

"There’s no question: Climate change is one of the most concerning challenges facing the world today, and, together with our partners throughout the Obama Administration, the State Department will continue to ensure it receives the attention and the action it warrants."

Climate Diplomacy
Europe
Elena Gaspar, Environ

The event “Reduce your carbon footprint 2016” took place on 17 September 2016 in the Romanian Capital as part of the activities organised to celebrate the EU Climate Diplomacy Week (9-18 September 2016).

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Jill Duggan
The first G20 summit since the Paris Agreement is due to start in China on Sunday (4 September). COP21 was a turning point in political action on climate change. Europe must push for an end to fossil fuel subsidies at the G20 in order to capitalise on its momentum, urges Jill Duggan.
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Water
Global Issues
Sabine Blumstein, adelphi

The Nile River is shared by 11 countries, for which it is vital for food and energy production, freshwater, and as a means of transportation. Sharing the resources of the Nile has, however, been politically difficult. Recently, the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has caused a major dispute with downstream Egypt which fears the dam will affect water flow in its own territory.

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