Southern Neighbourhood
Climate and social justice


2020, a year marked by the propagation of Covid-19 leading to the cancellation of international conferences and events on climate change and protection of the environment, is, also, a year that closes a decade of exceptional heat according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in its Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update. Five years after the Paris agreement, attempts at protecting the environment and fighting climate change are more and more important. 

In May, countries will be meeting in China for 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on biological diversity where they will be fixing post-2020 goals for the protection of nature. The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November. The latter will be preceded by 2021 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille from 3 to 11 September. France will, equally, be organizing the “One Planet Summit spécial biodiversité” (the One Planet Summit, theme biological diversity) on January 11, 2021.

The European Union is expected to present legislative proposals by June 2021 aiming at aligning the EU with its new target of emission reduction of -55% by 2030.

As part of its Green Deal, the EU aims, among other things, to reduce CO2 emission for vehicles and vans by 2030.