Hendricks and Mezouar host Climate Dialogue

Ministers from all over the world discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement

Ministers from all over the world discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement

From 3 to 5 July 2016, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of the next climate conference (COP 22) in Marrakesh, Salaheddine Mezouar, will host the seventh Petersberg Climate Dialogue. 35 ministers from regions across the globe have been invited to participate. Following the historic success of the climate summit in Paris last year, Germany and Morocco want to use the Climate Dialogue to advance the implementation of the climate agreement. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister Mezouar will address the participants on Tuesday morning.

Federal Environment Minister Hendricks noted: "The historic success in Paris last year did not mark  the end of international climate policy but a common starting point. At the Petersberg Climate Dialogue we want to rekindle the 'spirit of Paris' and consider together how we can implement the Paris Agreement swiftly and ambitiously."

For one and a half days, the ministers and representatives of the UN, OECD, insurance company Allianz Versicherung and Greenpeace will discuss specific approaches for implementing the Paris Agreement. Participants will first explore how it might be possible to strengthen the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in the 2018-2020 period. This will be followed by discussions on promising approaches to developing long-term strategies for climate action up to 2050.

Another focus will be the question of how international finance flows can be made consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.  Over dinner, Minister Hendricks and Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller will present a global partnership on implementing the NDCs. This partnership of developed and developing countries and international organisations will enable coordinated support for developing countries in achieving their climate targets. 

On Tuesday, the main theme is the outlook for COP 22 taking place in Morocco in November. The Petersberg Climate Dialogue will conclude with speeches by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar. 

The  Petersberg Climate Dialogue was initiated in 2010 by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel to give fresh impetus to the climate change negotiations following the summit in Copenhagen. Since its launch it has become a key event in international climate diplomacy. Each year it is co-chaired by the country hosting the next climate conference. A representative selection of ministers from all over the world is invited to discuss possible solutions in an informal atmosphere. After the success in Paris, the focus this year is less on negotations and more on implementation.

01.07.2016 | Press release No. 159/16 | International