European Climate Diplomacy Week 2019 [fr]
European Climate Diplomacy Week is a global event that has been organized since 2014 by the German, French and British diplomatic missions in more than 30 countries around the globe.
Since 2016, the French Consulate in Atlanta has participated in this initiative. In 2019, the European Climate Diplomacy Week took place from September 23 to 29. During this week, many climate change events such as conferences and workshops were organised by different European consulates around the world.
In this context, the Service for Science and Technology and the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States - Atlanta, in collaboration with Georgia Tech and the Consulate Generals of Belgium, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, organized the Global Climate Action Symposium at Georgia Tech on 27 September.
Chaired by Dr. Kim Cobb, Director of Georgia Tech’s Global Change Program, the symposium brought together a wide range of experts presenting the engagement of student activists, scientists, engineers, business and policy experts, local and international artists strongly implicated in environmental issues.
The event was held in the brand new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, the first positive energy building on the Georgia Tech campus. At the end of the day, the guests took part in a guided tour led by Shan Arora, Director of the Kendeda Building. During this visit, they learned how the building manages to produce more energy than it uses, collects and recycles water for its operations, and promotes a just and equitable world.
The different European Consul Generals were present at this event, including the new Consul General of France Vincent Hommeril. They were delighted to see that the event was successful and attracted a large audience. This day also provided an opportunity for students, professors and attendees to discuss the issue of climate change with the invited panelist. The feedback from the participants, as well as from the co-organisers, was very positive and points to new collaborations in the years to come.