The Environment Ministers of the G8 countries as well as of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, the European Commissioner responsible for the environment and senior officials from the United Nations and the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) met from 15th to 17th March 2007 in Potsdam.
We discussed two serious global challenges: climate change and the loss of biodiversity. The most important goal was an open discussion about our interests in order to be able to identify common and to reconcile differing views. We also benefited from a discussion with stakeholders.
We saw the need to broaden our perspectives for making the urgently required progress in international negotiations on environmental issues. Economic development, the fight against poverty, global security, access to affordable energy and investment in education have to be integrated into the international environmental process.
The Chair summarised the discussions and will forward his conclusions to the summit chair.