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> Lima calling, but UN climate summit leaves massive workload for 2015

By Stephen Minas.

After the deadlock between national delegations to this year's United Nations climate change summit had been broken at half past one on Sunday morning, the president of the conference, Peruvian minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, made a request: that the resulting document be known as the 'Lima Call for Climate Action'.

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> FPC Briefing: Climate change cooperation within the Global South: Finance, policy and institutions

By Stephen Minas.

FPC Research Associate Stephen Minas analyses the growing and dynamic area of climate change cooperation in the Global South. His briefing looks at the role of the BRICS and a growing range of other regional groupings that are sharing policy best practice, creating innovative finance arrangements and developing new institutions to tackle the challenges of climate change.

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> China sticks to 'red line' in global climate talks while pursuing green transition at home

By Stephen Minas.

The recently concluded Warsaw climate talks - the latest annual conference of parties to the UN climate change convention - were in several respects unusual. The meeting was held in Warsaw's National Stadium, prompting an inevitable flurry of football clichés from participants and reporters (with diplomatic 'own goals', activists brandishing red cards and the talks predictably running into 'extra time'). The Polish government enraged environmental NGOs by simultaneously hosting an 'International Coal and Climate Summit' with the World Coal Association. And as the conference neared its conclusion, the Polish government announced that the conference's president, Marcin Korolec, would be sacked from his position as Poland's environment minister ('I'll be able to fully concentrate on the process of climate negotiations', Korolec gamely assured delegates).

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> Tackling the world water crisis: Reshaping the future of foreign policy

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Dr David Tickner, Josephine Osikena (Ed.)

May 2010 Hard copy: £4.95, plus £1 p+p.

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This new FPC publication is being launched to mark World Environment Day (5 June). The report aims to stimulate discussion and debate amongst a wide ranging audience in an effort to promote the centrality of water on today's foreign policy agenda, particularly in light of the increasing environmental shocks and stresses presented by climate change and global population growth. In an increasingly interconnected world, where cooperation is no longer an option but an imperative, how can foreign policy inform and provide a more effective response to improving the management of freshwater while ensuring reliable and sustainable access?

Contributors to the pamphlet include: Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Professor J.A. Tony Allan, King's College, London and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); Richard Black, BBC News; Belinda Calaguas, Director of Policy & Campaigns, ActionAid; Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Financial Times, Dr Bruce Lankford, University of East Anglia; Bernice Lee, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House; David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK; Dr Letitia A. Obeng, Chair, Global Water Partnership (GWP); Dan Smith, General Secretary, International Alert; Dr Martin R. Stuchtey, McKinsey & Company Inc.; Dr Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); and Stephen Twigg MP, former Director, Foreign Policy Centre.

The report is being launched at the House of Lords on 3 June at 4.30pm. For more information, or to register, please email: events@fpc.org.uk


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> Bio-energy and CAP Reform: The Gains to Europe and Africa

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Dan Plesch, Greg Austin, Fiona Grant, Stephen Sullivan

March 2006 Hard copy: £2.95, plus £1 p+p.

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Britain is falling behind on all of its climate change and renewable energy targets, even as scientific opinion grows ever more alarmed at the rate of global warming. There is a growing need for urgent and comprehensive action. The government will publish an energy policy review in mid-2005. It cannot be allowed a 'business as usual' approach or a continuation of gradual adjustments. This pamphlet will provide a close look at one area where a radical new approach can produce speedy results.

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> Britain's Energy Future: Securing the 'Home Front'

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Stephen Twigg, Dan Plesch, Greg Austin, Fiona Grant

2005

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The UK Government has made the case for a rapid shift to renewable energy from a number of perspectives: national security, economic prosperity and protection of the global environment. Yet its targets in this area are among the lowest in Europe.

The UK clearly needs to change the way it thinks about its energy future. This pamphlet firstly sets the global scene by highlighting new global risks involved in continuing a 'business as usual' approach. It then looks more closely at how we on the 'home front' must respond to new security risks associated with energy policy.


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> The Foreign Policy Centre at the 2012 Liberal Democrat Party Conference

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Tuesday 25 September - Brighton

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a fringe event at this year's Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Brighton. Please click below to download the flyer. The event is open to all and there is no need to pre-register or to obtain Conference accreditation.

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> The Foreign Policy Centre at the Conservative Party Conference 2011

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3-4 October 2011 - Manchester

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a programme of five fringe events at this year's Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. Please click below to download the flyer. There is no need to pre-register, however attendees WILL need Conference accreditation to attend all but one of the events.

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> The Foreign Policy Centre at the Labour Party Conference 2011

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25-28 September 2011 - Liverpool

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a programme of three fringe events at this year's Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. Please click below to download the flyer. There is no need to pre-register, however attendees WILL need Conference accreditation, as all FPC events are taking place inside secure Conference venues.

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