Choosing the Best Forum: The ASEAN as a Regional Partner for the EU’s Climate Diplomacy

Research Paper by Thibaut Le Forsonney

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Who should the EU work with to meet its climate objectives? On circular economy the answer is ASEAN

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Abstract

The EU’s climate diplomacy has, in the past, been driven by its role in the UN’s climate conferences. Its recent adoption of the concept of circular economy opens doors for the EU to more systematically engage with issues specific to other world regions. In Southeast Asia, this includes plastic waste and the ensuing ocean pollution. In the search for partners to address this issue, the EU has a few options. This paper shows that initiatives started with the ASEAN are more stable than the outcomes of bilateral talks and more effective than multilateral summits. Its aim is to enhance the EU’s climate diplomacy with insights and proposals on how to build on this region-to-region cooperation.