• Energy and Climate

Addressing Climate Overshoot: Policy recommendations and Africa-Europe perspectives

  • The Africa-Europe Foundation

The risk of climate overshoot – that is, of exceeding the Paris Agreement goal of limiting average global warming to 1.5°C – is high and rising, and with it the risk of worsening impacts on human health, food security, water availability, social stability, and ecosystems.

Despite this undeniable challenge, the world has a wealth of tools to tackle climate change and reduce the risks of a warming climate. What is needed is the political will, strengthened global governance and innovative approaches to apply them. The responsibility of the international community is to clearly demonstrate the benefits that climate action would bring, as well as the costs of inaction, and help summon that will, together with the finance that is critical for implementation.

The aim of this event is to discuss the current trends of climate governance as well as the opportunities underpinned by the Africa-Europe partnership on climate and sustainable development. It will be an opportunity to share with the Brussels-based community the integrated strategy of the Climate Overshoot Commission for managing the risks brought about by climate change – i.e. the CARE agenda (Cut emissions; Adapt; Remove carbon dioxide; carefully Explore solar radiation modification) - as well as present the latest findings on the state of African and European common agendas on the climate- development nexus.

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Program at a glance


  • 12:00 – 12:30 Registration and registration
  • 12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 – 13:40 Welcome remarks and debate moderation
  • 13:40- 14:30 Open exchanges

The lunch debate will be moderated by Ms Holy Ranaivozanany, Deputy Executive Director of the Africa-Europe Foundation.
Invited contributors include:

  • Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organization and former European Commissioner for trade, Chair of the Climate Overshoot Commission and Co-chair of the Africa- Europe Foundation’s Strategy Group on Ocean Governance.
  • Michael Obersteiner, Director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and scientific advisor to the Overshoot Commission.
  • Hanne Knaepen, Head of Climate action and green transition, European Centre for Development Policy Management

Download the Addressing climate overshoot event programme here.

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The Africa-Europe Foundation