Foreign policy has played a vital role in supporting international climate negotiations by reaching out to partner countries bilaterally and making the case for more ambitious climate action. The Paris Agreement is certainly a game changer for climate diplomacy. This does not mean, however, a break for climate action and also diplomats. To ensure that Paris will be a sustainable success, active engagement is required to fully implement the INDCs and to ratchet up ambition in the coming years. Catalyzing the climate economy will be the key to accelerate the path towards a much-needed climate-friendly trajectory.
This brief is based on the workshop "Climate, Development, Growth - Foreign policy opportunities to leverage the co-benefits of climate action for more ambition" in Berlin on 26 November 2015. For more expert statements from the workshop, please see the video "Climate, Development and Growth: Opportunities for Foreign Policy".