26th World Climate Conference

Doing all we can to limit global warming to 1.5°C

In recent years, climate change mitigation efforts around the world have been stepped up. The world is not yet on the target trajectory. The 26th UN Climate Change Conference needed to send a signal that it can keep the 1.5-degree limit on warming and the other climate targets embedded in the Paris Agreement within reach.

At the UN Climate Change Conference from 31 October to 13 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, 197 countries discussed the current status of the Paris Agreement and negotiated issues related to it. It was the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), hosted by the United Kingdom.

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Key issues

International climate finance

Industrieländer haben sich 2009 in Kopenhagen das Ziel gesetzt, ab 2020 jährlich 100 Milliarden US-Dollar aus öffentlichen und privaten Quellen für Klimaschutz in Entwicklungsländern zu mobilisieren.

Emissions mitigation

Der Emissionshandel ist ein marktwirtschaftliches Instrument, mit dem die Emissionen von Kohlenstoffdioxid (CO2) und anderen Treibhausgasen gesenkt und so das Klima geschützt wird.

Adaptation to climate change

Eine zeitgemäße Klimapolitik baut deshalb auf zwei Säulen auf: der Vermeidung von Treibhausgasen und der Anpassung an die Folgen des Klimawandels, die schon heute nicht mehr zu vermeiden sind!

Swift progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions is necessary to limit a further increase in global temperatures by 2030. The parties also want to move forward on climate change adaptation and international climate finance. In particular, the countries most affected by climate change need support.

Additional major issues for discussion at COP26 are related to concluding negotiations on the Paris rulebook. Specifically, the focus is on the provisions for internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (Article 6), a common timeline for nationally determined contributions and the transparency framework.

Impressions from Glasgow

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Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth at the final negotiations at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow.

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Negotiations at the climate conference in Glasgow are entering the final phase.

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The plenary hall at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow.

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Svenja Schulze and Jochen Flasbarth at COP26

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From left: Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and the European Environment Ministers Krista Mikkonen (Finland), Barbara Pompili (France), Leonore Gewessler (Austria) and Carole Dieschbourg (Luxembourg).

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Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is interviewed at the 26th World Climate Conference.

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Environment ministers sign the Joint Declaration for a nuclear-free EU taxonomy. From left: Carole Dieschbourg (Luxembourg), João Pedro Matos Fernandes (Portugal), Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Leonore Gewessler (Austria)

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From right: Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Portuguese Minister for Environment and Climate Action

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Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze at the 26th World Climate Conference

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A workspace in the conference building at the World Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

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Germany is joining an initiative to phase out fossil fuel financing abroad by the end of 2022. Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth signed a declaration to this effect with John Murton, the envoy of the British COP presidency, at the World Climate Conference.

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The press conference on the Adaptation Fund discussed practical solutions for adapting to climate impacts and coping with loss and damage.

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State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth and international government representatives discussed how extreme weather conditions, environmental degradation and sea level rise are impacting and what needs to be done to adapt.

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John Kerry participated in the Adaptation Fund Dialogue as the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

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State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth (BMU) held a press conference on 8 November on the status of negotiations and Germany's contribution to climate adaptation financing with Mikko Ollikainen, Head of Adaptation Fund, and Dr Jürgen Zattler, BMZ Director-General for Climate Protection.

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State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth gives a press statement at COP26 in Glasgow.

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German Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow

  • Svenja Schulze und Jochen Flasbarth auf der COP 26
  • Präsident der Weltklimakonferenz Alok Sharma
  • Svenja Schulze und Jochen Flasbarth auf der COP 26
  • Weltklimakonferenz in Glasgow
  • Umwelt-Staatssekretär Jochen Flasbarth und John Murton
  • COP 26-Pressekonferenz in Glasgow
  • Umweltstaatssekretär Jochen Flasbarth bei der COP 26
  • John Kerry bei der COP 26
  • Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth at the final negotiations at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow.

  • Negotiations at the climate conference in Glasgow are entering the final phase.

  • The plenary hall at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow.

  • Svenja Schulze and Jochen Flasbarth at COP26

  • From left: Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and the European Environment Ministers Krista Mikkonen (Finland), Barbara Pompili (France), Leonore Gewessler (Austria) and Carole Dieschbourg (Luxembourg).

  • Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is interviewed at the 26th World Climate Conference.

  • Environment ministers sign the Joint Declaration for a nuclear-free EU taxonomy. From left: Carole Dieschbourg (Luxembourg), João Pedro Matos Fernandes (Portugal), Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Leonore Gewessler (Austria)

  • From right: Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Portuguese Minister for Environment and Climate Action

  • Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze at the 26th World Climate Conference

  • A workspace in the conference building at the World Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

  • Germany is joining an initiative to phase out fossil fuel financing abroad by the end of 2022. Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth signed a declaration to this effect with John Murton, the envoy of the British COP presidency, at the World Climate Conference.

  • The press conference on the Adaptation Fund discussed practical solutions for adapting to climate impacts and coping with loss and damage.

  • State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth and international government representatives discussed how extreme weather conditions, environmental degradation and sea level rise are impacting and what needs to be done to adapt.

  • John Kerry participated in the Adaptation Fund Dialogue as the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

  • State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth (BMU) held a press conference on 8 November on the status of negotiations and Germany's contribution to climate adaptation financing with Mikko Ollikainen, Head of Adaptation Fund, and Dr Jürgen Zattler, BMZ Director-General for Climate Protection.

  • State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth gives a press statement at COP26 in Glasgow.

  • German Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow

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