The SI on Climate Change

The SI on Climate Change

COP26 - Despite progress, threat of catastrophic climate change remains unacceptably high

15 November 2021

The Socialist International closely followed developments in Glasgow during the COP26 Summit, which focussed on crucial issues that have long been at the heart of the SI’s global agenda. Members of this political family could be found among national delegations attending the conference, and the SI Secretary General was present, holding wide-ranging exchanges on the expectations of our International from the COP26 and the ongoing work of the SI to ensure that tackling the climate crisis remains a priority...

COP26 - The challenge of saving our planet


The climate crisis is deepening, with emissions and temperatures continuing to rise and extreme weather events becoming more frequent and more intense. As countries across the world have struggled to deal with the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, action within the global community to address the climate crisis has fallen short of what will be required to prevent irreversible climate change...

COP25: SI calls for increased ambition and immediate action on the climate emergency

2 December 2019

The Socialist International and its member parties have for many years consistently advocated for concerted and coordinated international action to prevent catastrophic climate change and global warming. Recognising that climate change is an existential threat with far-reaching consequences upon all aspects of human life, including development, peace and prosperity, the SI’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society established in 2006, worked intensively to develop a social democratic response to the challenge of climate change...

Meeting of the SI Presidium and Heads of State & Government, United Nations, New York

25 September 2019

Members of the Socialist International Presidium have held their annual meeting at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York, joined by Heads of State and government and ministers from our social democratic political family. The exchanges focused on key issues of concern on the global agenda being addressed during the high-level segment of the 74th UN General Assembly, including climate change, sustainable development...

Socialist International in solidarity with the victims of Cyclone Idai

20 March 2019

The Socialist International is deeply saddened by the massive devastation and loss of life caused by Cyclone Idai in south-eastern Africa. According to the United Nations, the cyclone has affected more than 2 million people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe

‘A global call for a sustainable world society – before it’s too late’
30 November 2018

Despite the efforts of the United Nations and many governments, international organizations and civil society movements against climate change, recent data prove that if we don’t intensify our action it will be too late. 

Declaration on action to combat climate change

Meeting of the SI Council at the United Nations in New York, 11-12 July 2017

The Socialist International has a longstanding commitment to the global fight against climate change, an issue which has been at the heart of the agenda of the SI Council and Congress, and was the major focus of the work of the Commission a Sustainable World Society between 2007 and 2011.

The SI at the COP22 in Marrakech

14-16 November 2016

The Socialist International was present at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP22, held in Marrakech, Morocco, between 7 and 18 November. Around 200 countries and almost 500 heads of state and government and ministers attended this year’s COP22.

Socialist International greets Paris Agreement

14 December 2015

The Socialist International enthusiastically welcomes the Paris Agreement, approved unanimously by almost 200 countries at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris on Saturday. A universal agreement on this scale is unprecedented, and the end result of more than 20 years of climate talks under the UNFCCC.

SI at the COP21 in Paris
9 December 2015

The SI President and Secretary General held a press conference today at the COP21 in Paris. They presented the positions adopted by the organisation at its recent Council meeting held in Angola in regards to the COP21 and underlined the political will of the member parties of the Socialist International worldwide

Declaration on climate change and COP 21

Meeting of the SI Council in Luanda, Angola 27-28 November 2015

Following discussions on climate change and the COP21 Summit at the Council meeting of the Socialist International in Luanda, delegates recognised the growing acknowledgement of climate change as the single greatest threat to the future of humanity, and the need for urgent and meaningful action from all the nations of the world.

SI welcomes the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and Global Goals

27 September 2015

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, which took place this weekend in New York, member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a new set of Global Goals. These Goals have the aim of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change over the next fifteen years.

Declaration on climate change and COP21

Meeting of the SI Council at the United Nations, New York, 6-7 July 2015

At  its  Council  Meeting  in  New  York  on  the  6-­‐7  July  2015,  the  Socialist  International  addressed  the question of climate change and the challenges faced by the international community, in the light of the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this year and what it might achieve.

Climate Change: The eleventh hour

27 November 2013

The Socialist International has been closely following the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, COP19/CMP9, which concluded on 23 November in Poland. Regretfully, once again little progress has been achieved on the most vital issues. There have been some positive developments and the SI welcomes these, but on the most pressing points, in particular that of sealing a new global agreement to replace Kyoto, and on firm and sufficient financial commitments from the developed world, decisions were weak or absent.


12 December 2012

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP18/CMP8, which this year took place in Doha, Qatar, concluded last weekend. Negotiations were extended in an effort to reach a positive decision involving all parties; however, yet again, we have witnessed a COP sadly devoid of significant decisions on climate change, one of the most serious issues humankind currently faces.

For ambitious and clear undertakings at Rio+20

20 June 2012

Twenty years on from the Earth Summit, world leaders are once more gathered in Rio de Janeiro, in pursuit of a future of sustainable development and global prosperity. Recognising the significance of this occasion, the Socialist International held a meeting of ministers and delegates to the conference from its member parties on the eve of the high-level segment of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development of 20-22 June 2012, to review common aims and objectives of our global organisation for Rio+20.

Durban and the search for climate justice

11 December 2011
The COP17/CMP7 summit in Durban which concluded on 11 December reached decisions that can move us towards a legally binding agreement to halt and reverse the path we are currently taking towards catastrophic climate change, but the hopes for a substantial deal on emissions reductions have not been realised.

Making the case for meaningful agreements at COP17

7-9 December 2011
The President of the Socialist International George Papandreou, the SI Secretary General Luis Ayala and the South African Minister of Home Affairs and member of the SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society (SWS Commission) Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma took part in a series of special meetings on 7-9 December during the high-level segment of the COP17/CMP7 summit in Durban

SI Commission and environment ministers set priorities and targets for Durban

30-31 October 2011

The Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society and environment ministers from member parties of the International met in Johannesburg, South Africa on 30-31 October 2011, to discuss the social democratic priorities for the COP17 conference on climate change to take place in Durban from 28 November-9 December

Hope regained in Cancún

14 December 2010

The goal of the Socialist International and of our Commission for a Sustainable World Society for an ambitious and realistic international agreement on climate change, with binding commitments, objectives and deadlines, on hold since Copenhagen, has gained ground with the decisions reached in Cancún. A unified response by the international community to climate change, an objective which our International and our Commission has placed great emphasis on

In Mexico, Socialist International outlines priorities for COP16

26-27 November 2010
On 26 and 27 November 2010, members of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society gathered in Mexico City to put forward the social democratic views on the crucial negotiations at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change being held in Cancún from 29 November to 10 December

PARIS COUNCIL: global economy - climate change - resolution of conflicts

15-16 November 2010

On 15-16 November, the second Council of the Socialist International of 2010 took place in Paris with the participation of over 400 delegates from all regions of the world, who were warmly welcomed by the Socialist Party of France (PS). The meeting, held at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Paris Appeal: Facing the Consequences of Climate Change: The urgent need for a meaningful agreement at COP16

SI at COP15 in Copenhagen: reaffirming social democratic priorities

7-8 December 2009

Exchanges and discussions organised by the Socialist International were held at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 7-18 December, in which a number of delegates, ministers, and some of the Heads of State and Governments present in Copenhagen took part.

From a High Carbon Economy to a Low Carbon Society

Report of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society

September 2009

Declaration on Climate Change adopted at the Montenegro Council, 29-30 June 2009

Working for a new global framework for the world economy, peace and security, democracy and the environment

SI discussions on sustainable development with China

14-15 May 2009

Under the heading ‘High-Level Talks on Sustainable Development’, members of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society held discussions with the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) and leaders of the government of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing on 14-15 May, as part of the Commission’s agreed programme of work.

Africa and climate change at top of agenda for SWS Commission

2 March 2009

Leaders and ministers from different governments led by Socialist International member parties in Africa were united in their message at the meeting of the SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society held in Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday 2 March. While being the least responsible for climate change and global warming, the African continent was suffering the most

Commission sets sights on Poznan Conference, Copenhagen and beyond

5-6 September 2008
Members of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society gathering in Stockholm on 5-6 September, hosted by the Swedish Social Democratic Party, SAP, warned that the worldwide economic downturn could not be allowed to slow down the pace of commitments to climate change and urged the international community to produce solid results leading to an agreement at the forthcoming United Nations Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP-14) to be held in Poznan in December this year.

Acting now on Climate Change, to acheive a sustainable world society

XXIII Congress of the Socialist International, Athens, 30 June-2 July 2008

The XXIII Congress of the Socialist International, following on the continuing work of the SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society, reaffirms the commitment of our movement to advancing a common sustainability in a global and ever more interdependent world. Paramount in our effort is working to find common, effective and timely responses to the fundamental challenge of global warming and climate change.

Members of the Commission travel to Antarctica

21-23 March 2008
In connection with the Commission meeting in Chile, a group of the participants visited Antarctica and Patagonia in the days prior to the discussions in Santiago, from Friday 21 March to Sunday 23, to gain a greater understanding at firsthand of the effects of climate change in that part of the world.

Meeting of the Commission in London

19 November 2007

The first meeting of the SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society – the body established to address the global environmental agenda, climate change and the issues of governance required to deal with these common challenges - took place at 10 Downing Street on Monday 19 November, hosted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Leader of the British Labour Party, where members of the Commission, the President and Secretary General of the Socialist International, along with Ministers from the British government, took part in an exchange of views.

Statement adopted at the meeting of the SI Council, Geneva 
SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society

29-30 June 2007

1. Since globalisation is here to stay, it is necessary to establish progressive guidelines that will make possible to have a sustainable society, not only at the national level, but also at the world level.

SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society, Santiago Council - Governance, energy and climate change, new horizons for peace

6-7 November 2006

Momentous changes in the world over the last two decades have increased opportunities to advance the cause of freedom, democracy and human rights. Despite expectations however, the much-needed global institutions required at this time of change to overcome conflict and redress social divisions and inequality have not yet emerged.

Declaration of Santiago, adopted at the Santiago Council - Governance, energy and climate change, new horizons for peace

6-7 November 2006

The world today is facing a growing number of critical issues that can only be addressed at the global level.

Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society

Santiago Council - Governance, energy and climate change, new horizons for peace, 6-7 November 2006

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