Climate and geopolitics: What role for the EU?

Mark Leonard is joined by Kate Hampton to discuss climate and development cooperation in competition

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July has seen extreme weather events ravage all of the world’s continents, reinforcing – yet again – the urgency of collective action on climate change. In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard welcomes Kate Hampton, CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and former head of policy at Climate Change Capital to delve into the complexities of that action within a competitive global landscape – marked by inequalities between the global north and south.

Together, they consider possible pathways towards compromises and how to empower sustainable transitions on the way to a resilient future. How can civil society and NGOs drive global climate action? What strategies can Europeans employ to navigate a fractured multilateral landscape in the face of climate change? And how can the West and the global south work together towards sustainable energy solutions?

This podcast was recorded on 14 June 2023.   


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Cover image:
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Macron (C) greet CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation Kate Hampton (C) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace
Image by picture alliance / EPA | YOAN VALAT

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