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#ClimateDiploDay: working together for climate protection

04.09.2014 - Article

9 September will see the first Franco‑German-British day on climate protection and climate diplomacy. Around the world, the embassies of the three countries are organising events to highlight their joint engagement.

9 September will see the first Franco‑German-British day on climate protection and climate diplomacy. Around the world, the embassies of the three countries are organising events to highlight their joint engagement. Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #ClimateDiploDay!

Climate policy as a foreign policy action field

A climate protection education and exhibition centre was founded in Accra with support from the German climate fund.
A climate protection education and exhibition centre was founded in Accra with support from the German climate fund.© AA

Climate change poses one of the key challenges of the 21st century. Its effects can be felt all over our planet and have reached a scale which has made it urgently necessary to place more importance on this topic within foreign policy. Climate policy is no longer of solely national and regional relevance to environment policy, it now also affects security and energy policy, making it an important action field within foreign policy.

Therefore, both within and beyond the United Nations, bilateral and multilateral talks and negotiations have been taking place which aim to achieve a binding global climate protection agreement in Paris next year.

Franco‑German-British climate diplomacy makes headway

China – the “Forstwärts” forestry education project teaches young children and pupils about protecting nature.
China – the “Forstwärts” forestry education project teaches young children and pupils about protecting nature.© AA

For some years now, Germany and Great Britain have been closely cooperating in the field of climate diplomacy. France has now joined this cooperation, boosting its momentum. Alongside the efforts to develop a joint climate policy agenda and feed its positions into the international negotiations on climate policy, the cooperation also works on concrete projects.

Thus, for years, together with the British Foreign Office, the Federal Foreign Office has been supporting projects with the goal of raising awareness about the effects of global climate change and fostering measures for efficient and sustainable economies. Under the motto of promoting climate policy dialogue, this work comprises organizing and supporting climate policy conferences, workshops and cultural events, trade fairs, lecture trips and research projects on all continents, as well as educational and awareness raising campaigns.

Bucharest: together with the Romanian Environ Association, the German and British Embassies are organising an inaugural event on the joint climate protection project on 12 September.
Bucharest: together with the Romanian Environ Association, the German and British Embassies are organising an inaugural event on the joint climate protection project on 12 September.© AA

Climate Day: honouring projects, shaping the future

So on 9 September 2014, the first Franco‑German-British Climate Day is taking place. It aims to pay tribute to the efforts made to date and help shine a spotlight on the geopolitical effects of climate change, as well as to further develop the Franco‑German‑British partnership in the field of climate diplomacy.

Around this day the missions abroad will put on events which emphasise the importance of the climate diplomacy partnership and present successful climate projects.

A joint event will also take place in Berlin on 9 September. Climate diplomacy experts will discuss current climate diplomacy and present joint climate projects together with representatives of the political, academic and business communities as well as non‑governmental organisations and journalists.

On the occasion of Climate Day the missions abroad will also post information about their projects on their websites and in social media with short interviews, photos and films.

A selection of climate protection projects from our embassies

Pretoria, South Africa: "Climate Train"

In 2011, a “climate train” was created in collaboration with the Indalo Yethu National Environment Agency. The climate train travelled to different regions in South Africa, working to raise awareness about climate change and its effects. Its journey saw discussions held, trees planted, energy‑friendly light bulbs exchanged and waste disposal campaigns launched in order to motivate the inhabitants of the areas it travelled through to engage with the issues posed by climate change.

Accra, Ghana:education and exhibition centre on climate change

The aim was to convert a site in Accra into an education and exhibition centre dedicated to the topic of climate change. The permanent exhibition and regular workshops aim to make the pupils aware of the effects of climate change as well as adaptation strategies. The project was implemented together with the Ghanaian Mmofra Foundation and West African Science Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land‑Use.

China: "Forstwärts"

Forstwärts is a forestry education project specifically aimed at teaching young children and pupils about protecting nature. It has organised workshops and excursions in Beijing, Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet which teach the children to treat forests and nature in a responsible manner. The project also enabled teachers to improve their skills regarding the field of sustainability. The project Forstwärts 2014 was funded in conjunction with the Shangri‑La Institute (SISC)

Ottawa, Kanada: "Foutain House"

Fountain House is an installation which you can walk through, designed by the Berlin architecture company Raumlabor and constructed by design students in Ottawa. The installation has been accessible to the public since August 2014. By examining the key issue of water through art, the project seeks to highlight the topic of water scarcity. The project was funded together with the Goethe-Institut in Montreal and the Quartier des spectacles Partnership.

Santiago de Chile: "Santiago Climate Talks"

The project is taking forward the social‑political exchange on climate, the environment and energy launched last year. The series of events on the topic of CO2 emissions and trade seeks to continue the bilateral dialogue on the climate with Chile, develop networks and give impetus to climate policy initiatives.

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