25 May, 2023

EU’s role in the world: how can EU climate diplomacy stimulate greater ambition?


The EU and its member states could stimulate greater global ambition through international engagement and diplomacy, including by

  • using the UNFCCC process and the annual cycle of high level meetings that influence climate COPs outcomes for ambitious messaging;
  • accelerating action under other multilateral treaty processes that impact greenhouse gas emissions; setting EU standards to drive financial flows inside and outside EU borders to Paris-aligned activities;
  • supporting initiatives and partnerships that drive action in sectors that are not yet Paris-aligned; partnering with individual developing countries to provide direct technical and financial support for enhanced mitigation and adaptation ambition;
  • and supporting programmatic approaches that assist high-emitting countries and vulnerable countries in fulfilling their own just transition plans; and supporting accountability tools.


This publication was produced as a deliverable under the project 4i-TRACTION – innovation, investment, infrastructure and sector integration: TRAnsformative policies for a ClimaTe-neutral European UnION. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101003884.