Past summits and meetings

This section includes information on all past summits and major events organised by GLOBE International. The following pages include description, photos and approved documents from legislators' fora held across the world since 2007.

2011 GLOBE World Oceans Day Forum


To coincide with World Ocean Day, the GLOBE International Commission on Land Use Change and Ecosystems brought together a leadership group of legislators from the key marine nations for a meeting in The Houses of Parliament, London, UK, on 7th - 8th June 2010. The Commission addressed all the drivers of marine ecosystem degradation by developing a "Marine Ecosystem Recovery Plan". The London meeting focused on the issue of over-fishing and enabled legislators from across the world to come together to agree on coordinated legislative action to ensure the sustainable and equitable management of the world's marine fish stocks.

2011 GLOBE Cape Town Legislators Forum

SA.parlOn 3-4 December 2011, legislators from 16 parliaments convened in the National Assembly in Cape Town. The core theme was domestic climate change legislation and the Forum saw the launch of the 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Study. The Forum included presentations and discussion of the latest legislative developments and specific sessions on adaptation and forestry (REDD+). At the end of the forum, legislators agreed a unanimous statement to be presented to COP17.

2010 GLOBE Mexico DF Legislators Forum


The GLOBE Mexico Forum was held in the Senate of Mexico from the 3rd – 5th December 2010. The Forum jointly hosted with GLOBE Mexico providing a political platform at the midway point of the UNFCCC COP16 and ahead of the arrival of the Ministers to agree a political message to the COP on recognition of national legislation within a future climate agreement. The Forum was attended by a number of international senior legislators, including Congressman Wang Guangtao, Chairman of the National People's Congress of China Committee on Environment Protection and Resources Conservation, and Max Sisulu, Speaker of the South African National Assembly.

2010 GLOBE Tianjin Legislators Forum


The National People's Congress (NPC) of China and GLOBE International jointly hosted a Climate Change Legislators Forum on 6-8 November 2010 in Tianjin, China.

2009 GLOBE Copenhagen Legislators Forum


In October 2009 the GLOBE Copenhagen Legislators' Forum convened more than 100 cross-party legislators from the major economies in advance of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Forum endorsed the "Legislative Principles on Climate Change" set out in the report of GLOBEʼs International Commission on Climate & Energy Security, chaired by US Congressman Ed Markey. The Forum also discussed the broader findings of the report and reaffirmed the central role of legislators in creating the political will necessary to secure a global deal.

2009 GLOBE Rome Legislators Forum


The GLOBE Rome Legislator's Forum, held on 12-13th June 2009, was the sixth G8+5 Legislators Forum. The event was convened by GLOBE just ahead of the Italian G8 Summit and the Major Emitters Forum and 6 months in advance of the meeting of negotiators at Copenhagen to agree a new framework to tackle climate change after 2012. The event was focussed on the economics of energy, climate change and ecosystems and was addressed by the Italian Prime Minister, the Danish Prime Minister and the President of Brazil.

2008 GLOBE Tokyo Legislators Forum


The GLOBE Tokyo Legislators Forum, convened on the 28-29th June 2008, was the culmination of GLOBE's 3-year climate change dialogue, initiated to create a process for legislators to shadow the Gleneagles Dialogue process. The Forum was addressed by Japanese PM Yasuo Fukuda, former PM Shinzo Abe and former UK PM Tony Blair, with video addresses from US Presidential candidates Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. G8 and +5 delegates reached consensus on GLOBE's Post-2012 framework paper, with further agreement on a number of policy papers and other areas of international cooperation.

2008 GLOBE Brasilia Legislators Forum

2008-Brasilia-ForumOn the 20th of February 2008, GLOBE convened the Fourth GLOBE G8+5 Legislators' Forum in Brasilia, Brazil. The event brought together more than 80 legislators from 22 countries, including G8+5 countries, as well as major forested countries of Africa and Asia, and Bangladesh. Participants included President Lula, 26 Brazilian Senators and Congressmen, delegates from the World Bank and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and representatives from the business community such as Petrobras. The core themes of the Forum were Biofuels and Forestry, as well as the GLOBE post-2012 framework. 

2007 GLOBE Washington DC Legislators Forum


The GLOBE Washington Legislators Forum on Climate Change and Energy Security convened senior international legislators from across the G-8 and key emerging economies (China, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Brazil) in the US Congress on 14 –15th February 2007. The legislators were joined by some of the world's key business leaders, international development institutions, as well as global civil society organizations. Key Democratic and Republican US Senators participated over the two days. The Forum negotiated a consensus statement to be presented to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, who held the G-8 Presidency at that time. The event featured US Senators Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Craig, Lieberman, and McCain, among others. Other keynote speakers included Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (by video); Sir Nicholas Stern, from the UK Treasury; Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank; and Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

2007 GLOBE Berlin Legislators Forum


The GLOBE Berlin Legislator's Forum, convened on 3-4th June 2007, brought together nearly a hundred legislators representing a broad cross-section of political parties from G-8 countries and major emerging economies such as Mexico, Brazil, China, India and South Africa. In an agreed statement, delegates called upon G-8 leaders, meeting on 6-8th June June in Heligendamm, Germany, to take advantage of the "historic opportunity to achieve a breakthrough on climate change". Legislators supported the fundamental principle presented in the Forum by several business leaders concerning the need to ensure that the costs of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are included in consumer prices. The event was addressed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US Senators from both Democratic and Republican Parties, as well as representatives from the business community.