OSCE as a Common Platform

Martin Sajdik, Sabine Schneeberger, Christian Strohal: Climate Change, Sustainability Cooperation, Confidence Building, and the OSCE as a Common Platform, AIES Kommentar 01/2022

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24.01.2022


After fulfilling his promise to bring the US back into the Paris Agreement, President Joe Biden convened 40 world leaders in a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on 22 April 2021 to rally the world in tackling the climate crisis and meeting the demands of science. In the follow-up to the summit, the European Council has endorsed the objective of making the EU climate-neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement, in December 2019. While recognizing that achieving climate neutrality will require overcoming serious challenges, it was underlined that the transition to climate neutrality will bring significant opportunities for economic growth, markets, jobs and technological development. As an intermediate step towards the climate neutrality objective, the EU has raised its 2030 climate ambition, committing to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least % by 2030, in the European Council December 2020 meeting. In this vein, in July 2021, the Commission presented its 'Fit for 55 Package' – a set of proposals and initiatives whose aim is to revise and update EU legislation to align it with the EU's 2030 and 2050 climate goals.