Climate Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific
The European interest in the Indo-Pacific region is growing. The region is vulnerable to the impact of climate change, but geopolitics complicates international cooperation. How can the Indo-Pacific become more resilient to the consequences of climate change and what role can the EU play?
In April, the Council of the European Union approved conclusions for enhanced cooperation in the Indo-Pacific which contained, among other areas, a renewed commitment to be a partner in tackling climate change.
Despite the region’s vulnerability to the impact of climate change, institutional formats for dealing with this global challenge are lacking. Geopolitics complicates international cooperation. Yet, recent initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), the Quad's working group on climate, and the forthcoming EU Strategy illustrate an upswing of climate diplomacy.
How can the Indo-Pacific become more resilient to climate change? How do regional actors view collaboration on climate-related challenges and what expectations do they have on the EU as a climate partner?
Mr. Junichiro Otaka, Director, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Mr. Marc Vanheukelen, EEAS Ambassador at Large for Climate Diplomacy, European External Action Service
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram, Assistant Professor, Manipal University
Dr. Gunilla Reischl, Head of Programme and Senior Research Fellow, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Dr. Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Acting Head and Research Fellow, Asia Programme, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs