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Hot issues, cold shoulders, lukewarm partners: EU strategic partnerships and climate change

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Few issues have climbed the international political agenda, from low to high politics, as climate change has done over the past two decades. It is now widely recognised at the global level that action must be taken to prevent or mitigate climate change and environmental degradation. Climate change is affecting every country indiscriminately – even if some countries are more vulnerable than others – and so it requires a collective response. Possible solutions are being negotiated at the multilateral level, in particular within the UN framework, and in various other formats. But consensus-building takes time, and time is not on our side.

ESPO Report 2, Nov. 2012.
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