Europe in the World

Building international partnerships to strengthen the climate transition in Europe and worldwide

Europe plays a catalytic role in advancing the world’s climate objectives. In addition to reducing its own emissions, it also supports the global climate transition through diplomacy and cooperation with other countries and regions on issues such as finance, trade, investment, and sustainable supply chains.

Our international team works with partners in Europe and around the world to build and sustain critical political space for global progress on climate. As part of this, we work to ensure that Europe delivers on its climate promises to (re)build credibility and leadership, while strengthening multilateral alliances for action. We are also helping to develop best practise on topics such as green trade and climate governance.

Our work on ‘Europe in the world’ is deeply integrated with our other focus areas – from international climate finance and trade, to fossil-free energy to raw materials and industrial strategy. This helps ensure that our efforts are aligned from the local to national to global levels, making them greater than the sum of their parts.

Global Engagement

EU-US diplomatic dialogues

The ECF co-convenes an EU-US High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change, bringing together key decision makers and thought leaders from Europe and the United States to tackle the big issues on the path to net zero. The dialogues, which started in 2020, follow the Chatham House rule and serve as a safe space to identify opportunities for joint action and devise collaborative solutions. Discussion topics include the Green Deal, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), reforming multilateral development banks and debt architecture, transition minerals, and transatlantic industrial policy and trade implications. Going forward, we are preparing new climate dialogues between decision makers from the EU and other parts of the world, with a focus on Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

2050 Pathways Platform

The 2050 Pathways Platform (2050PP) is a multi-country platform to promote best practice and ambition within long-term low emission development strategies (LT LEDS). The Platform supports emerging markets and developing countries as they develop long-term, net-zero emissions, climate-resilient pathways. To do this, 2050PP brings together a network of countries, bilateral donors, multilateral and regional development banks, think tanks, and climate experts to develop high-quality, long-term decarbonisation strategies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It also collaborates with national organisations and regional philanthropies to enable accountability and ensure robust participation during the development and implementation of policies and actions to reach net-zero emissions.

International Climate Politics Hub

The International Climate Politics Hub (ICPH) brings together a wide global network of actors working to facilitate greater climate ambition in the context of the UN climate process. As part of this, ICPH supports partners coordinating and advocating around international climate negotiations and other key moments, such as the G7, G20, and the UN biodiversity summit. Additionally, it offers its members strategic briefings and intelligence from a diverse range of experts from around the world. Launched in 2017, ICPH works with partner organisations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, and Europe.

Impact stories

European & national just transitions

Upholding climate action in the European elections

In just a few days, voters in the EU will head to the ballot box to elect the next European Parliament. The outcome of these elections will have a big influence over the level of political ambition that will exist…

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Land, food & nature

A fairer future for farmers is a greener future

Addressing the inequities at the heart of our food system is necessary for both farmers and climate action European farmers have been taking to the streets to protest untenable levels of hardship. From increasing production costs and administrative burden to…

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Europe in the world & international affairs

Radical rethink and reforms will be needed to climate-proof trade

For the first time ever, the UN’s annual climate summit dedicated a part of its agenda to trade policy. The Trade Day at COP28 in Dubai offered a much-needed focus on the role that international trade can play in the…

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