Climate change is perceived today, in both sides of the Atlantic, as major challenge, if not the existential challenge of our time. Global warming has a far-reaching impact, demanding a comprehensive response.
The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU sees the forthcoming 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) that will be held in November, in Glasgow, as an opportunity we cannot miss for the EU and the US to come forward with a coordinated position, that is simultaneously ambitious and able to ensure the necessary global outreach, building upon the 2015 Paris Agreement.
In 2019, at COP25, the Parties recognized the ocean-climate nexus. The Ocean plays a vital role in regulating climate, it offers several key natural based solutions for climate change mitigation and is instrumental in ensuring a successful transition to a carbon free economy. Portugal and Kenya will be chairing the second United Nations Ocean Conference, due to take place in 2022. The outcome of COP 26 will be central to the discussion, as climate action and the ocean restauration are two inseparable components of the same fight.
The EU has already put forward its Green Deal; with President Biden, the US has returned to the Paris Agreements, former Secretary of State John Kerry has been appointed as a Special Envoy for the Climate and the Administration is committed to a wide range of eco-friendly policies and investments in areas such as infrastructures, auto-industry, public transportation, energy, construction, housing, innovation, agriculture and conservation.
At this webinar members of the panel will be invited to address these issues and to state their views on how best to ensure that we have a common transatlantic response in Glasgow.