Natural environment  |  Publications  |  17.12.2014

Europe and Latin America Towards More Ambitious Collective Climate Action

Europe and Latin America share important common values and strive for a multilateral and rules-based international system. As an example of this, climate change has a prominent place on the agenda of the EU’s strategic partnership with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Climate protection also plays an important role in bi-regional cooperation, such as the EUROCLIMA programme. The report Europe and Latin America Towards More Ambitious Collective Climate Action, produced by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, aims to provide an introduction to European and Latin American civil society perspectives on international climate change policy and politics.

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Climate change has been identified as one of the key themes of EU-Latin America relations. With the 2014 UN Climate Summit taking place in Lima, Latin America is put into the spotlight of the international climate scene and the region deserves particular attention. Many Latin American countries strive for an ambitious global climate agreement and try to move the negotiations beyond the North-South division. At the same time The European Union plays a key role in the international climate negotiations. This report by the Henrich Böll Stiftung gives an introduction to European and Latin American civil society perspectives on international climate change policies.

The EU’s commitment to be the leader in climate policy is currently lagging and the credibility of its leadership role is at stake. In spite of the frustration with the slow progress of multilateral processes, civil society across the world continuously tries to push leaders to commit to meaningful climate action.  The role of civil society actors has become increasingly vital as an ambitious and fair global climate deal can only be reached, if alliances can be formed that go beyond a strict split between developed and developing countries.

The report  Europe and Latin America Towards More Ambitious Collective Climate Action by Henrich-Böll-Stiftung shows how Europe and Latin America can ally and together become a more ambitious and collective actor with reshaping climate policies. The two continents have a lot to learn from each other, and there is significant scope for deeper collaboration to increase climate ambition.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union commissioned the experts Hans JH Verolme, Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis and Paola VasconiReca to analyse European and Latin American civil society positions towards Paris. This report explores the potential of joint demands and proposals from the European and Latin American civil society for greater ambition and an equitable climate deal in Paris. The report also takes into account the differences in the intra- and inter-regional contexts.

 

 

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