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Call for Evidence

Environmental diplomacy

The Committee welcomes written evidence on: 

  • What should the FCO’s environmental diplomacy strategy look like?
  • How effective is the FCO's current approach to environmental diplomacy? Does the UK use all available tools (sanctions, tariffs, trade negotiations, UN activity) to promote its objectives in this area. How does it ensure lasting and concrete achievements in this area?
  • How does the FCO work with departments such as BEIS and Defra on this issue?
  • Does it have sufficient expertise in this area?
  • How do the UK’s environmental & decarbonisation goals interact with other diplomatic priorities, such as the pursuit of new trade deals?
  • Does the FCO effectively use environmental diplomacy to deal with the polar regions? How will Antarctica be governed after the Antarctic Treaty System expires in 2048?
  • How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the UK’s approach to environmental diplomacy?

COP 26

  • What role should the FCO have in preparing and setting objectives for COP26? How well is it performing to date?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the experience of previous COP hosts, particularly the French experience preparing for COP 21?
  • What does the FCO need to do to ensure that COP 26 is a success?
  • Which countries should the FCO be prioritising for their diplomatic efforts in relation to COP 26? How should the FCO be engaging with these countries?
  • How should the UK seek to ensure that outcomes are delivered after the summit?

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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