The EU and global green transformation(s): Converging on the path to net zero?
Virtual MGG Conference
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Finnish Institute for International Affairs (FIIA), and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)
When the EU published the European Green Deal with the beginning of the von der Leyen Commission in 2019, it aspired to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Over the past years and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic the Green Deal has become a central strategy within the EU for economic recovery as well as sustainable economic growth. However, in order to achieve globally effective policy shifts to a substantial and viable green transformation, the inclusion of structurally important policy actors is crucial. They include key economic actors, and major CO2 emitters, such as China, India, the EU and the US, but also countries with major CO2 storage capacities, such as Brazil, Indonesia and Russia – as well as role models for industrialisation and modernisation within the “Global South” like South Africa or Mexico.
The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South African and Russia and the EU to engage in discussions in view of carbon neutrality agendas worldwide and the global dimension of the EU Green Deal. The conference is a continuation of an exchange last year and a paper series with perspectives from these countries on the EU Green Deal, which can be found here: https://www.kas.de/en/web/mned-bruessel/european-green-deal.
The participants will discuss several challenges of the global green transformation:
- Carbon neutrality agendas
- EU and global climate leadership ambitions
- Sustainable trade and green finances
- The role of multilateral forums and international organisations with relevance for the Green Deal
The conference is designed as a multi-day event and is jointly organised by the ‘Managing Global Governance’ (MGG) programme of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for International Affairs (FIIA) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS).
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