Climate & Environment Stories
Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that will transform the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where
- there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050
- economic growth is decoupled from resource use
- no person and no place is left behind
The European Green Deal aims to make the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities, and making the transition just and inclusive for all.
Learn more on the European Green Deal – External Dimension
The stories below showcase a few examples of the Europan Union's support for climate and environmental initiatives across the globe which reflect EU's strong commitment towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable development Goals (SDGs), which continue to guide the EU internally and externally to build back better and greener.
In March 2020, the European Commission and the EEAS put forth the Joint Communication “Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa”. The European Union’s contribution towards a Strategy with Africa proposes to build partnerships in five key areas to tackle together the challenges of the 21st century.
Proposed actions covering areas such as the green transition, sustainability, peace and security, to name just a few, aim to:
- Maximise the benefits of the green transition and minimise threats to the environment in full compliance with the Paris Agreement
- Substantially increase environmentally, socially and financially sustainable investments that are resilient to the impacts of climate change
- Secure resilience by linking humanitarian, development, peace and security interventions at all stages of the cycle of conflicts and crises
Stories from Africa
The EU and Latin America and the Caribbean are natural partners linked by strong historical, cultural and economic ties. They have enjoyed privileged relations since the first bi-regional Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1999, which established a strategic partnership. They co-operate closely at international level and maintain an intensive political dialogue at all levels.
The political declaration adopted at the EU-CELAC summit “Shaping our common future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens” (June 2015) states: “The importance of international peace and security, the interdependence of our economies, the achievement of prosperity for our people and the vulnerability of our planet demand that we step up our efforts to address these major global challenges respecting the Charter of the United Nations”.
Stories from Latin America and the Caribbean
The EU's main objective in Asia is to help engender the political and social stability of the region, promoting policies to assist in maintaining as much as possible its high rates of economic growth, also for the benefit of Europe's own economy and citizens.
Stories from Asia
Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Many challenges facing the globalised world affect Europe and Eastern Europe & Central Asia alike. The EU has a strong interest in peace, democracy and economic prosperity in the region. To this end, the EU has built a close partnership with six countries in the region aimed at fostering peaceful, prosperous and sustainable socio-economic development.
Stories from Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The policy of the European Union towards the North African and Middle Eastern countries seeks to encourage political and economic reform in each individual country in due respect for its specific features and regional cooperation among the countries of the region themselves and with the EU.
Stories from the Middle East and North Africa
The EU has a strategic interest in a stable and peaceful Pacific region. Pacific states are solid partners in addressing global challenges, in particular when it comes to climate change, protecting the environment and ocean governance. In light of the growing geo-strategic competition in the region, the EU is also developing as a security actor in the Pacific. The vast natural resources of the Pacific, such as fish, minerals, and forestry, need protection, ensuring their sustainable management, while keeping maritime transport channels free and open.
Stories from the Pacific
The EU has close links with the countries of the Western Balkans. It aims to secure stable, prosperous and well-functioning democratic societies on a steady path towards EU integration.