International UN-Conference provides new momentum for climate action
More than 60 heads of state and government met on 23 September in New York, at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General, to present their plans for effective climate action. On behalf of Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel presented the climate package adopted on 20 September and affirmed Germany’s intention of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Minister Schulze said: "With the climate action package, the Federal Government has laid a foundation that will allow Germany to assume responsibility and catch up again with the frontrunner."
As the fourth largest economy in the world, Germany is joining the international coal exit alliance. Germany has committed itself, among other things, to stopping the construction of new coal-fired power plants and withdrawing from international coal financing. The Alliance demonstrates that coal-based power generation is becoming an outdated model. Schulze remarked: "The phase-out of coal is a key component of global climate action."
Cities play a key role in combating climate change. So the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate, together with the governments of Germany and Luxembourg, launched the City Climate Finance Gap Fund. The Fund aims for capitalization of at least 100 million euros, which will unlock 4 billion euros in high-quality low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects.
CITES Conference: Strengthening the fight against poaching
At the CITES Conference in Geneva, 83 states agreed on numerous trade restrictions and bans to protect endangered animal and plant species. As requested by Germany, the international ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade remains in place. In addition, better protection for macohaia, giraffes and certain tropical woods was decided.
German government takes action for the protection of insects and their diversity
Based on a proposal made by Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the German federal cabinet adopted the Action Programme for Insect Protection. It is the most comprehensive package of measures addressing all major causes of insect decline with concrete actions. Germany will make an additional 100 million euros available for insect protection and research every year.
22. September 2019 | International Environmental Policy
More ambition on global forest protection
Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom call for more action from the international community to conserve and restore tropical forests. As forests play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the three governments pledge to provide one billion US dollars per year by 2020 if countries come forward with ambitious plans to halt and reverse deforestation.
Minister Schulze: "We need a powerful change toward more sustainable development."
The Global Sustainable Development Report underlines the need to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The report still finds that the SDGs and the goals of the Paris Agreement are attainable. For these goals, cooperation is needed between governments, institutions and actors of all kinds across regions and sectors.
The conference of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI), the world’s largest conference on nitrogen, will be held from 3 to 7 May 2020 in Berlin with the aim of identifying more options for reducing nitrogen pollution. The focus of this eighth conference will be "Nitrogen and the UN Sustainable Development Goals". Registration for the conference is open, and the call for papers will run until 31 October 2019.
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