A delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand, consisting of members from the French, Belgian, German and Spanish Embassies as well as the British High Commission, has organised 'Climate Diplomacy Day'. This is a major climate change event being held simultaneously in nine cities across Australia. For Brisbane, the event has been organised by the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane and will take place at State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank commencing at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 17 June, 2015.
Admission to the evening is FREE.
'Climate Diplomacy Day' forms part of a global effort by the European Union to raise awareness of climate change issues and encourage informed debate leading into the United Nations climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year. Similar events are being coordinated for cities world-wide and this is your opportunity to have localised input to this global problem.
The evening includes a screening of the documentary 'The Climate Blueprint' which retraces the history of climate negotiations, outlines what's at stake and introduces the main actors within the climate change movement. 'The Climate Blueprint' is a strong call for action to reach a global, fair and ambitious climate deal in Paris. The screening you'll watch on 17 June will be its Australian premiere. If you would like to view the trailer for the documentary click here.
The documentary, directed by Fran X Rodriguez and Ruth Chao and produced by Intuitive Productions and Somadrome, runs for 52 minutes and will be the basis for an expert panel discussion to follow by representatives from the business and scientific communities, Australian political leaders and a European representative.
The expert panel to debate climate change issues will include the Honourable Steven Miles (Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef), His Excellency Mr Sem Fabrizi (European Union Ambassador), Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland), and Ms Kellie Caught, National Manager Climate Change at WWF-Australia. The discussion will be moderated by Prof Jan Thomas, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Southern Queensland.
This is a very decisive year for climate negotiations and the European Union's Climate Diplomacy Day aims to assist in limiting global temperature rises to below 2°C. To do this, it is essential to secure a fair, ambitious and legally binding international agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris and to ramp up climate change action.
The European Union is willing to act and submitted its own emissions reduction contribution to the 2015 Agreement on 6 March 2015. This made it the first G20 country to do so and documented its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to reflect the decisions made by its Council of Ministers in October. This includes a target of at least 40% domestic greenhouse gas emissions reduction from 1990 levels by 2030 putting the EU on a cost-effective trajectory to the 80-95% reductions from 1990 levels by 2050 as recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). However, the European Union only accounts for around 9% of global emissions and its share is falling: action across the globe is therefore essential. Brisbane's Climate Diplomacy Day is your opportunity to help.