Finding common ground for action on climate diplomacy

12 March 2018

Brussels, 9 March 2018 - The Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) met on 9 March to discuss the outcome of the EU Foreign Affairs Council of 26 February 2018, which adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy.
The Council reconfirmed that the EU would continue to lead the way in the global pursuit of climate action, recognising the implications that climate change has for international security and stability.

With this background, the BDCD also discussed possible ways forward for climate diplomacy, including through further collaboration between international institutions.

The BDCD is an informal network set up in March 2016 for the exchange of information and to promote cooperation among European institutions and international organisations active in the nexus between climate change and international, national, human and environmental security.

For its 5th meeting, more than 30 experts and officials gathered to brief each other on their respective efforts on climate action, diplomacy and security and to identify concrete opportunities for cooperation. The international institutions represented included the European Commission, European External Action Service, European Economic and Social Committee, European Defence Agency, OSCE, NATO, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, UN Environment and the UN Department of Political Affairs. The Institute for Environmental Security, the original convenor of the BDCD, was joined by seven other independent organisations of the BDCD Core Group.

The meeting took place on the premises of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which has explored the consequences of climate change and the implications for defence and security for over a decade.
In 2015, this culminated in an Assembly resolution recognising climate-change related risks as significant threat multipliers.

For more information about the BDCD, please visit its website.