The coronavirus crisis is presenting the international climate negotiations with new challenges. The Climate Change Conference (COP 26) has been postponed to 2021. This year, the Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) will not take place in its usual format. This time, however, the ministers of 30 countries will meet online, because it is essential that the exchange on the important issue of climate action continues.
The 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) will therefore be held as a video conference on 27 and 28 April. The United Kingdom, as president of the next Climate Change Conference (COP 26), will co-chair this year’s PCD. At the invitation of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, high-level government officials will discuss which measures could pave the way for a green recovery from this economic crisis. Additional exchanges between non-state actors such as businesses, cities, NGOs and thinktanks, and between chief negotiators, will also take place. As in previous years, Chancellor Merkel has confirmed her attendance at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.