The EU works closely with other countries and regions to advance dialogue and cooperation on climate change.
Climate action is an integral part of the EU's foreign policy agenda. Through climate diplomacy and cooperation initiatives, the EU aims to build political will and trust to advance global action, ensure the effectiveness of development cooperation, and build capacity to support partner countries in their efforts.
Areas of cooperation
- Dialogue and cooperation on climate policy development and implementation under the UN climate convention and other international fora
- Sharing expertise – e.g. through bilateral and multilateral cooperation initiatives on emissions trading
- Financing to support developing countries in their efforts to tackle climate change and adapt to its impacts
- Development cooperation on issues such as adaptation, mitigation, disaster risk reduction and desertification
- Supporting the transfer of technology and research collaboration – e.g. through Horizon 2020
- Integrating sustainable development into EU trade policy
The Commission has bilateral arrangements with key partners and works with a number of regional organisations:
- OECD countries – e.g. US, Canada, Japan, Australia
- Other UNFCCC Annex I countries – e.g. Russia, Ukraine
- Emerging economies – e.g. Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea
- Regional groupings – e.g. African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)