6 and 7 May 2021

12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD XII)

Logo: 12. Petersberger Klimadialog

The 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue ended today with a call to make this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow a success and to conclude negotiations on all unresolved aspects of the rulebook under the Paris Agreement. At the invitation of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Alok Sharma, designated president of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), around 40 ministers from all over the world participated in the PCD on 6 and 7 May via video conference. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also took part.

In the discussions it became clear that the individual policy steps towards complete greenhouse gas neutrality are becoming increasingly defined, especially in economically strong countries. Many of the participants agreed that the rhythm of the Paris Agreement, under which the international community revises and raises the ambition of its climate targets every five years, has proven effective. To enable more ambitious climate targets in developing countries too, increased financial support from wealthier countries is required to enhance efforts the countries make themselves. Germany has pledged a fair contribution to this support.

May 7 2021

6 May 2021


Welcome by the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Svenja Schulze, and the UK Chair-designate of COP26, Alok Sharma

Speech by UN Secretary General António Guterres

Speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson Speech by German Chancellor Angela Merkel

May 2021

Video messages to the ministers

Stakeholders from all over the world have expressed their expectations to the participating ministers of the 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue. Watch the video messages on the five topics of the dialogue: Adaptation, Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, Climate Finance, Common Time Frames for NDCs and Transparency.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5

3 to 6 May 2021

Satellite Events

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue was supplemented by a series of virtual, public satellite events on various climate protection topics:

  • Industry Transition: Demand side policies to create lead markets
  • Breakthroughs in the Race to Zero Emissions Vehicles
  • Adaptation Action Coalition Water Launch: What can we achieve together through the AAC? Water resilience for effective climate adaptation
  • 10 years to restore our planet! The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a rallying call to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation worldwide
  • Climate Neutrality - From ambition raising to Mission – Zero
  • Green transition for people, nature and climate
  • Adaptation Action Coalition Health Launch: Building climate resilient health system
  • Turning the tides: Setting shipping on course to 1.5 Centigrade

3 to 7 May 2021

Event overview of the 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD XII)