The EU Green Diplomacy Network (GDN) is a flexible, informal and innovative tool that works towards a better integration of the EU environment policies into external relations practices. The GDN uses the EU Member State and Commission’s extensive diplomatic networks to provide an effective means of gathering and exchanging information.
Objectives, achievements to date and the added value of the network
The functions of the network can be summarised as follows:
- To promote the use of the EU’s extensive diplomatic resources (diplomatic missions, Delegations, development cooperation offices) in support of environmental objectives, orchestrating outreach campaigns and demarches. This is intended to bring the EU messages to third parties all over the world, and also to gather our partners’ views.
- To exchange views and share experiences on how Member States (in particular Foreign Ministries) and the Commission are integrating environmental concerns into their diplomatic efforts.
- Local informal GDN in third countries: the Network is now increasingly focusing on the added value it can bring by supporting the development of local informal green diplomacy networks in third countries between EU Embassies and Commission Delegations. Working together, EU Missions in third countries can gather intelligence on specific positions of our partners regarding emerging issues and feed this back to EU negotiators. Furthermore working together can ensure a more coherent and effective EU message being transmitted to our partners around the world.
The Network consists of officials dealing with international environment and sustainable development issues in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and their diplomatic missions. The network focuses on environmental topics that have significant relevance to the EU’s external relations, such as climate change, biodiversity, land degradation and renewable energy.
The Network has contributed to the creation of a new “culture” in the area of sustainable development by introducing points relating to the multilateral agenda more systematically into regular bilateral discussions. More [38 KB]