Category Archives: UN

World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul


the first ever World Humanitarian Summit commences today in Istanbul.

Today, some 125 million men, women and children worldwide are in need of humanitarian aid. At this critical time, the international community will come together at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May to rethink the way relief aid is delivered. As a major humanitarian donor and key policy-setter, the EU has an important role to play and has agreed with its Member States on a common vision for how to reshape the global humanitarian system.

You can follow live coverage of the event at the official WHS website.

Check out the video below for a short summary on the role the EU will play at this global event.

Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

16451794648_a4dde69226_o (1)With the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) set to get under way in Paris on Monday, the European Commission has stated their commitment to reaching ‘a fair, ambitious and legally binding global climate deal‘, with emphasis on ‘accelerat[ing] the global shift to low carbon, climate resilient economies’.

Jean Claude Juncker and Miguel Arias Cañete, (respectively, President of the European Commission, and  the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy) will participate in the conference, With Arias Cañete speaking of “governments’ shared sense of urgency and political determination to make Paris the beginning of a new chapter in climate action”.

As part of a press release on the subject, the European Commission have produced a fact-sheet with their answers to FAQs on COP21. And here is their latest leaflet on climate change.

The weekly newspaper Politico EU published an article yesterday, detailing some of the differences of opinion between the EU and the US on the  fundamentals of climate action. Read it here.

Physical copies of Politico EU as well as lots of European Commission publications on climate change and the environment are available from the Taylor Library and EDC.

Meanwhile, here’s the Eurobarometer survey on public opinion regarding climate change, and a video of Arias Cañete’s press conference ahead of COP21.