Statement by Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks
Barbara Hendricks has given a positive assessment in a statement at the end of the G20 summit in Hamburg. For the first time the G20 established a joint energy and climate working group, which drew up the G20 Action Plan on Climate and Energy for Growth. The Minister is very pleased that it was possible to address the issue of climate action in the Leaders’ Declaration by all G20 countries. The US presented its deviating position in a separate paragraph. In addition to climate action, the G20 summit in Hamburg also had a greater focus on environmental issues than previous summits. The G20 countries agreed to enhanced cooperation on resource efficiency, tackling marine litter and combatting illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.
The G7 Environment Ministers’ meeting in Bologna was concluded with a strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement and to continue an ambitious climate policy. A comprehensive Communiqué adopted at the end of the meeting set out the ministers’ climate agenda. Furthermore, the ministers agreed on a work programme to strengthen resource efficiency and on further steps to implement the G7 Action Plan on Marine Litter.
Federal Environment Minister Hendricks on Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement: Barbara Hendricks regrets Trumps' decision. The damage this causes to multilateral cooperation is even more severe than the damage done to international climate action. The unique thing about Paris is that it showcases the world’s determination to make a common effort to tackle one of the most serious global problems of our times.
The eighth Petersberg Climate Dialogue concluded with a clear commitment to the Paris Agreement and to its ambitious implementation. The key topic at this year's meeting was the preparation for the Climate Conference COP23, to take place in November in Bonn under the Presidency of Fiji. Ministers from regions around the world met in an informal setting to foster open debate.
One billion euros for international climate action
With it's International Climate Initiative the Federal Ministry for the Environment supports 30 countries in the implementation of their nationally determined contributions. To qualify for funding, projects must fulfil several criteria: they must be innovative and sustainable, open up prospects for carbon neutral development and protect natural and biological diversity.
Honduras restoring one million hectares of forest landscape
Environmental State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth and Jorge Galdames, Environment Minister of Honduras, opened the 3rd Bonn Challenge Latin America. Following El Salvador in 2015 and Panama in 2016, the forest-rich Honduras is now the third Central American country to pursue an ambitious reforestation programme through the Bonn Challenge. The BMUB is supporting the country in these efforts.
First UN Ocean Conference concludes with call for action
The first UN Ocean Conference concluded with a political call for action to work together to save the world’s seas and oceans. More than 8,000 participants representing over 190 countries, intergovernmental organisations and civil society attended the event. Sweden and Fiji jointly hosted the week-long conference in New York.
The Alps - a pioneer region for climate-neutral economic practices and living
The Alps are particularly affected by climate change: glaciers are melting, snow lines are rising and biodiversity is declining. The region is therefore dependant on global climate action and has to implement several protective measures at local level. At the same time, the Alpine region is economically strong and innovative.
This annual review of activities seeks to show why so many projects initiated by the IKI are sharing their success stories, challenges and experiences at international conferences and what special quality sets them apart.
Broad dialogue on the German government’s Climate Action Plan 2050
With the climate agreement reached at the climate conference in Paris at the end of 2015, the international community committed itself to the target, which is binding under international law, of holding global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels and to making efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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