On Tuesday 9 September, UK, French and German embassies around the world joined up to promote action on climate change and show the economic opportunities it can bring.
Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, presenting risks to international prosperity and security. The scale and impacts of the climate challenge mean that securing international action in response is also a key foreign policy challenge.
The UK, Germany and France have therefore been working together in the field of climate foreign policy for a number of years. This cooperation includes not only efforts to support the international climate negotiations and conditions for a global climate agreement in 2015, but also to demonstrate climate policy in action through a range of projects overseas.
Events in British, German and French Embassies and High Commissions in over 25 countries will highlight the importance of our climate diplomacy partnership, demonstrate successful climate projects, and emphasise the need for continued action.
Climate Diplomacy Day events happened worldwide. Examples include:
- In Dhaka, UK, German and French Heads of Mission visited jointly funded solar power projects which are helping Bangladeshi communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.
- In Warsaw, a panel discuss took place on climate and competitiveness; in Johannesburg, the theme was climate and development; and in Washington DC, the British, German, and French Embassies will hold a think tank discussion.
- And in Bangkok, Hanoi, Melbourne, Singapore and elsewhere, public events highlighted the wide-ranging impacts of climate change, using a recently launched map from the UK Met Office.
Activities in Berlin, London and Paris and at their overseas embassies and high commissions were accompanied by a social media campaign with short interviews, photos and films on Facebook and Twitter, using #ClimateDiploDay.
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