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Sustainable development and the environment

Climate change

We convene high level dialogues and events to drive climate action and ambition, including supporting the UK’s COP26 Presidency.  We work with our global network of climate change stakeholders comprising of governments, climate non governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, think tanks, foundations, multilateral bodies, and civil society organisations.

Our work focuses on supporting the UK’s diplomatic efforts to ensure a successful United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. Our core discussions focus on the topics of climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, clean energy, energy security and energy diplomacy, nature-based solutions to climate change, and green finance.

Working with our partners, we have convened a number events on climate in recent years:

  • The Placencia Ambition forum
  • London Climate Action Week
  • Pacific Leaders
  • Climate Parliament

Sustainable development and the environment

We work with an array of partners including governments, NGOs, foundations, academia, and the private sector to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

We work extensively across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including but not limited to dialogues on poverty reduction, education, gender equality, health, climate and reducing conflict. Discussions also focus on the future nature of ‘aid’ and how the international community can respond better to global challenges.

Our environment work spans across protecting life on land and life below water, from illegal wildlife trade to clean oceans.

We are committed to supporting our partners help the most vulnerable on the pathway to achieving the SDGs.

Our recent events include:

  • Future of Aid Series
  • Higher Education: global engagement to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (WP1755)
  • CEFAS marine Litter – Commonwealth Litter Programme: National workshop for the development of the marine litter and waste management policy and action plan
  • Resilient 40