This inquiry will examine how the FCO conducts environmental diplomacy, what the UK’s strategy is bringing all government departments together, and the FCO’s management of the tension between environmental goals and other diplomatic objectives.
In particular, the Committee will focus on preparations for COP26, speaking to other recent host countries and attempting to learn from their experiences.
Additionally, the Committee will ask how environmental diplomacy can be employed to address the governance of the polar regions.
Witnesses Dr Katharine Rietig (Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University), and Professor Robert Falkner (Associate Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics, and Research Director at Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment)
Witnesses Professor Klaus Dodds (Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London), Dr Richard Powell (Reader in Arctic Studies at Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge), and Heather Conley (Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS))
Witnesses Dr. Katharina Rietig (Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Politics at Newcastle University, UK; School of Geography, Politics and Sociology), and Christine Peringer (Member of Climate Change Project at Mediators Beyond Borders International)