Climate change will shift key coordinates of foreign policy in the coming years and decades. Even now, climate policy is more than just environment policy; it has long since arrived at the centre of foreign policy.
The ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is being held in Madrid on 15 and 16 December. The meeting, the only format that regularly brings all EU Foreign Ministers together with their Asian counterparts, this year aims to issue a signal for a strong, rules-based global order.
In December 1959, the signatory States to the Antarctic Treaty agreed on a milestone in the multilateral world order: in the interest of all mankind, the “seventh continent” was forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and scientific investigation.
On 20 September, just a few days before the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, the climate cabinet met to agree the main points of the 2030 climate protection programme. The package of measures is designed to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.
German Government adopts its Arctic policy guidelines and is campaigning internationally for a peaceful and responsible use of the Arctic.