Opinion : Systematic integration of climate crisis policies into foreign and development policies

in foreign and development policies

(by Robin Fontaine - Member of the Bureau of Volt France)

Climate change and environmental disasters are impacting the world in many ways. Governments are struggling to settle internally displaced populations, scramble to contain climate-related migration and squeeze economic pressure from climate-threatened livelihoods. While the scale of the problem is only beginning to be felt globally, political institutions will need to make fundamental changes to the way they tackle climate change and environmental protection.

Global and specialised climate and environmental issues must be systematically included in multilateral and bilateral security programmes. Environmental protection and restoration must be non-negotiable conditions in the development of EU diplomacy, rather than being understood only as issues to be addressed in global agreements. Large-scale international documents, for example the Paris agreements, are crucial for increased cooperation on global threats.

However, this will not be enough if Europe is to properly assume its role as a sustainable world leader. Consider the possibility of Europe leading the ecological transition within the Union and in the Eastern and Southern Partnership programmes. This would feed into Europe's geopolitical security needs and address the urgent issue of global warming. To enable the EU to achieve these goals, we need to integrate environmental considerations into foreign policy making and push for climate change to be included in security agendas.

To support this initiative within the Conference for the future of Europe : https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/GreenDeal/f/1/proposals/71545?locale=fr&order=most_endorsed&page=3&toggle_translations=true