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Ladies and gentlemen,
Today we have discussed innovation and possible solutions. Building on the
deliberations of the Indo-German Environment Forum, we will continue to make
good progress in our bilateral cooperation.
I am also convinced that we can achieve a lot internationally - if we join forces.
Seasoned experts of multilateral cooperation consider the 2030 Agenda we adopted
three years ago to be the most progressive agenda ever adopted by the
international community. And reaching consensus on the Paris Agreement was a
milestone in climate policy. The two agreements are our compass as we work for a
fast and fair transition.
- For an environmentally sound and climate-friendly economy.
- For better species conservation and more sustainable agriculture.
- For alleviating poverty, for social standards and for better education.
It goes without saying that following the path towards a more sustainable and just world is not easy.
Many obstacles must be overcome if we are serious about reaching the goals
adopted in New York and Paris.
I am pleased to see such a spirit of optimism in many countries. A number of
countries have put SDG implementation at the centre of their national development
plans. Many countries have set themselves ambitious national climate targets and
are working hard to implement their nationally determined contributions, the NDCs.
Implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement offers great opportunities
to both our countries. But we will only be able to use these opportunities if we take
Both the Climate Summit and the SDG Summit in September 2019 will send out
strong calls for action. We should use these summits to think about concrete ways
to advance the SDGs on which we have made the least progress so far.
India and Germany both have strong industrial sectors. Our countries are facing the
challenge of having to drastically reduce emissions, especially from energyintensive
industries, while at the same time maintaining the competitive edge of
sectors like the steel, cement, aluminium and chemical industries.
Choosing "Industries" as a key topic for the Climate Summit in New York was an
excellent, useful decision. We need investments in research and pilot projects to be
able to achieve extensive decarbonisation in this area. I see many opportunities for
cooperation between our countries here.
As you all know, we have less than 12 years left to reach the ambitious goals laid
down in the 2030 Agenda.
The IPCC special report on 1.5 degrees and COP24 in Katowice have made it more
than clear that we must act now. It is obvious that the efforts made so far are not
2019 will be the time for implementing and further developing NDCs. Most countries
are still facing technical and political challenges in updating their NDCs.
To support these countries, Germany will organise an NDC conference in Berlin
from 11 to 14 June. It would give us great pleasure to welcome representatives from
India to Berlin for this conference. I would also be delighted to see India join our
growing and very active NDC Partnership.
We should use our future bilateral cooperation to make progress on the topics we
addressed at the Forum today. This will also help us implement the NDCs and
SDGs. Integrating the know-how and experience of stakeholders and the expertise
of multilateral initiatives such as PAGE and the NDC Partnership will further
increase our chances of success.
With this in mind, I would like to thank you for the fruitful exchange at this Forum. I
am looking forward to our continued cooperation.
I hope to see you all again at the next Environment Forum! Thank you very much.