International Climate Negotiations

02. Sep. 2016 blog

G20 Summit: the time to turn rhetoric into practice

G20 matters for energy and climate. That is why — alongside global growth and strengthened financial systems — Green Finance, fossil fuel subsidies and the Paris Agreement need to be key to the discussions at the G20 Summit on the 4th and 5th of September.  

16. Jun. 2016 blog

Paris Agreement’s Ratification: Every Minute Counts

With the European Commission's proposal to ratify the Paris Agreement early, it is time for the EU Council to ensure the European Union doesn't get left behind.  

21. Apr. 2016 studies

Five points to make the Paris Agreement reality

On Friday 22 April the climate treaty of Paris is to be signed in New York city. While some big players such as China and the US have already confirmed that they will ratify the Paris agreement in the coming months, the EU is still dragging its feet... 6 months after the COP21, the Greens in the European Parliament have produced this briefing paper to present the 5 most important points to make the Paris Agreement a reality.  

14. Apr. 2016 blog

No special treatment for polluters: EU Council in Amsterdam needs to reign in emissions from aviation and shipping

Today and tomorrow EU environment and transport ministers hold a joint meeting to follow-up on the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), and discuss the future of aviation and shipping. Ahead of this meeting, the Greens in the European Parliament warn that the current proposals from both the aviation and maritime sectors to reduce their emissions fall far short of their fair share of efforts towards the global climate goals that world leaders agreed in Paris last December...  

12. Dec. 2015 blog

COP21 - Paris agreement points the direction for the transformation of our economies

The long awaited COP is now finished and the Paris agreement has just been agreed unanimously and with a lot of emotions. The deal is considered to be the best that could be reached. Paris does mark the entry into a new area, where there is clearly no place for fossil fuels anymore.  

11. Dec. 2015 blog

COP21: Time for countries’ leaders to have their climate moment!

Last night at 9 pm, the French Presidency provided a new draft through the ‘Comite de Paris’. It was then announced that an ‘Indaba of solutions’ would take place all night in order to try and find an agreement on the most problematic elements: differentiation, ambition and finance. At this time, France still hoped to present a final deal on Friday evening. But things have not gone as initially planned....  

09. Dec. 2015 video

COP 21 - Climate justice action

09. Dec. 2015 blog

COP21 - We are now at a crossroad

A cleaner version of the draft Paris text as been presented today at 3pm. Countries have been given until 8pm tonight to react. Clearly, we are now in a crossroad. States can either decide to agree on some empty deal that does not fix any of the huge challenges we are facing if the temperatures keep on increasing or to go for the most ambitious options possible and limit the most catastrophic impacts of climate change....  

08. Dec. 2015 blog

COP21- the EU could do far more to help the negotiations

Day 2 of the final week. Despite a recent announcement of a deal made with the ACP countries the EU seems rather absent. Why is this so? Maybe because the EU has brought the same arguments for too long. Perhaps good time for a reality check...  

07. Dec. 2015 blog

COP21 – the pressure is already high on ministers

The second and final week has just started and the French Presidency is already putting a lot of pressure on ministers. After all it’s French diplomacy as much as climate change that is at stake at COP21…  

30. Nov. 2015 blog

COP21 Leaders event - Summary of our analyses

Today about 150 leaders have given a speech on how important the fight against climate change is and how proactive they will all be to reduce and limit the world's carbon emissions. Our Green climate spokesperson Yannick Jadot has provided an analysis of some of the Key players such as China, the US, Russia, Canada... through the day. Here is our assessment of this opening event. The COP21 has only started. Now it remains to be seen whether these promises will actually be delivered and whether these key countries will actually really do their best to make the Paris deal a success....  

30. Nov. 2015 blog

Live blog - reporting from the 'Leaders event' at COP21

Today is the beginning of COP21, follow our live blog and watch out for leaders climate moments! Our Green Climate spokesperson Yannick Jadot is sharing his reactions - In French-live from le Bourget / COP21  

13. Oct. 2015 blog

EP vote on COP21 - The EU cannot afford to fail a second time

This Wednesday during a mini plenary, the European Parliament is to debate and vote on a report on the international climate agreement that is to be sealed in Paris at the COP21 in December. While the mood has changed since the last key summit that took place in Copenhagen 6 years ago, the EU cannot afford to miss the boat on another key event within its borders...  

05. Jun. 2015 blog

G7 leaders: No more stereotyped languages on climate change – Say goodbye to fossil fuels!

This Sunday the G7 leaders will meet for 2 days in Bavaria, Germany, to discuss everything from health, gender inequality and climate change. The Greens hope that this time world leaders will discuss the global economy and foreign policy challenges in the context of a global warming, which only exacerbates these issues. Continuing to tackle every key subjects separately without realising that all of these are linked – that climate change will have a disastrous impact on our economy, our health, exacerbate conflicts across the world and increase migration flows and (gender) inequality – does not make any sense....  

10. Feb. 2015 blog

Climate negotiations / Geneva - the phase out of fossil fuel emissions & phase in of 100% renewable energy by 2050 should be the long-term goal of 2015 agreement

The clock is ticking for the negotiators who need to agree on an ambitious deal in Paris at the end of the year. Last Sunday, a new round of international climate negotiations started in Geneva, Switzerland, and will last until Friday 13th February. Negotiators have only six days to narrow down the 38-page text agreed in Lima into a shorter and clearer legal negotiating text.