The EU Commission’s International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen’s first responsibility is to build inclusive and equitable partnerships to reduce global poverty and support sustainable development. This paper, undersigned by 14 NGOs, considers how she can use the European Green Deal to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies while better supporting people living in poverty in the Global South. 

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Making the European Green Deal Work for International Partnerships

NGO Briefing

Climate change and nature loss disproportionately affect those least responsible for causing it: the world’s poorest 20%, most of whom are women, are responsible for less than 3% of global emissions. Impacts of climate change are placing and will place severe burdens on the poorest countries. That is why ensuring equity is so important. Countries with a higher historical responsibility for and with greater capacity to act against climate change should do more, and Commissioner Urpilainen must ensure the European Green Deal scales up support for the most vulnerable in partner countries. 

Civil society and movements all over Europe and the Global South are calling for urgent action. The next 10 years are crucial. 

This paper responds to the European Commission’s Communication and sets out guiding principles and policy recommendations for Commissioner Urpilainen, to ensure the European Green Deal delivers for people in the EU’s partner countries, the climate and biodiversity.