The EU and climate change
The Paris Climate Summit succeeded in adopting the Paris Agreement on 12 December 2015. The EU has traditionally been considered an international leader on the subject, consistently pushing for ambitious action. However, this leading role has been challenged in recent years. Can the EU act coherently and push for stronger international action on climate change? This lecture provides an early opportunity to assess the outcomes of the Paris Conference (most notably, the Paris Agreement) and the role of the EU in the run up to, as well as at the Conference. In particular, part of the lecture will focus on the EU's climate diplomacy efforts, explaining how the European External Action Service has played a role in raising awareness and encouraging action amongst partners in and outside the EU. Key questions that will be asked at the event include: Has the EU’s role in engaging with third countries on the issue of climate change been successful? Both prior to, and during the Paris Conference? What role has the EU taken in climate diplomacy? What does the Paris Agreement mean for the future of EU climate diplomacy?
- Olaf-Gamal Deussen, Policy Coordinator for Climate Diplomacy in the EEAS
- Sebastian Oberthür, Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute for European Studies (IES-VUB)
- Katja Biedenkopf, Assistant Professor of European and International Studies at the University of Leuven & Associate Research Fellow at the IES
Registration and venue
Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please fill in the online registration form.
Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Olaf-Gamal Deussen is Policy Coordinator for climate diplomacy in the EEAS. He holds an MA in Euro-Mediterranean Studies (International Politics) from Reading University, UK and studied in France for his BA. Prior to his current post, he worked as Information and Communication Officer in the European Commission. Since August 2012 he has been working in the European External Action Service; first as a policy analyst in the team of the Secretary General of the EEAS and since August 2014 on climate change diplomacy.
Sebastian Oberthür is Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Trained as a political scientist with a strong background in international law, he is considered an international authority on international and European environmental and climate governance. He has been following the UN climate negotiations as an academic observer and government adviser since 1990.
Katja Biedenkopf is Assistant Professor of European and International Studies at the University of Leuven and Associate Research Fellow at the IES. Her research centres on the EU’s role in global governance, including climate diplomacy.
This lecture is part of the IES Autumn Lecture Series. More information about upcoming lectures can be found on http://www.ies.be/lecture-series/ies-autumn-lecture-series-2015-euperform.
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