Norway, the European Union and its Member States representations in Australia joined forces to organise 8 simultaneous events in 7 different cities on 17 June 2015 to mark European Climate Diplomacy Day. This was part of an international effort to encourage informed debate and pursue the aim limiting global temperature rises to below two degrees.
For the occasion seven Ambassadors - from Norway, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and the EU Ambassador flew to these cities to present the Norwegian and European contribution to the Paris climate COP21.
Events consisted of the Australian premiere screening of the "The Climate Blueprint" documentary focusing on the history of past negotiations as well as the main players and the effects of climate change. Panel debates then took place in each city.
Ambassador Kløvstad opened the Perth event making a key speech about the importance of COP 21 and Norway’s and the European Union’s contribution to climate change action. The Ambassador highlighted Norway’s strategic priorities and its willingness to act alongside its European colleagues.
In total 43 panellists were mobilised for the seven events. The panellists in Perth represented the French Consulate, University of Western Australia, local business (including Aker Solutions), Conservation Council of Western Australia and Local Government. Discussions focussed on emission cuts, renewable energy and expected outcomes in Paris. Panellists provided examples on how they are taking climate action in their respective areas and emphasized the shared responsibility we all have in order to make sure we reach our common objectives.
Events around Australia drew in an audience of around 1000 people. These consisted of students, academics, NGOs, civil society and business. Both the Norwegian Embassy and the European Union will continue to have climate diplomacy high on our agenda leading up to COP 21 in Paris in December.