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Title
Policy Brief: Foreign Policy and the Just Transition: Dimensions - Challenges - Opportunities.
Publisher
Das Progressive Zentrum, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH) on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office
Author
Florian Ranft, Sabrina Schulz, Johannes Uhl, Philipp Wendel, Fiona D. Wollensack
Published in
September 2019
Abstract
Without considering matters of justice, global decarbonisation and climate action will not succeed. Foreign policy is, therefore, a key actor in tackling climate change. This is the key message of the Policy Briefing “Foreign Policy and the Just Transition: Dimensions – Challenges – Opportunities”.

The policy paper resulted from a cooperation between the Berlin-based think tank “Das Progressive Zentrum” and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office. It emphasizes the need for a just transition and the active part foreign policy must play in global climate action. Therefore, the paper identifies four areas of action: First, foreign policy has the responsibility to coordinate between different policy fields on the international level. Second, the paper calls on the European Union to take the lead in matters of a just transition and work with both its member and neighbouring states. Third, foreign policy should open up towards non-state actors, such as NGOs, regional and municipal administrations in international dialogue. Fourth, public diplomacy needs to become more ambitious and develop a convincing narrative on the just transition issue.

For further information, please visit: http://www.progressives-zentrum.org/foreign-policy-must-commit-to-combating-climate-change/
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