The Green Diplomacy Conference is part of the EU’s diplomatic efforts in promoting a transition to a climate-neutral, nature-positive, resource-efficient, equitable and more circular global economy in line with the ambition of the external dimension of the European Green Deal. It will specifically support the need to define long term pathways towards climate neutrality and biodiversity protection, together with consistent short term milestones.
“We are counting on Kenya to be an inspiration for other African partners, that will be key to have everyone work towards the ambitious framework that we all need.” Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans & Fisheries
It will also build upon the EU support to multilateral action, and in particular, EU’s objectives for the international negotiations taking place in the critical period of next 12 months, which will include, amongst others the 26thConference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow in November 2021 (Climate COP-26), the 15thConference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming in October 2021 (Biodiversity COP-15) and the resumed 5thsession of the UN Environment Assembly in February-March 2022 (UNEA-5).
“We need to have the world agreeing on a new framework. It is not only an issue for biodiversity itself but it is also a big threat for climate, poverty eradication and sustainable development.” Anne-Theo Seinen, European Commission, Directorate General For Environment