Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2021

Annual conference on international climate action issues

Since 2010, the Petersberg Climate Dialogue (PCD) has been providing ministers and senior government officials with a meeting platform for an open and constructive exchange of information and ideas on international climate action issues. The conference has always been organised in cooperation with the presidency of the next Climate Change Conference (COP26). This year’s PCD will therefore be co-hosted by the United Kingdom. 

The PCD’s high-level ministerial segment will take place on 6 and 7 May 2021. It will focus on preparing COP26 to be held in Glasgow (UK) in November 2021. The meeting will start on 6 May 2021 at 2.00 pm with addresses by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel of Germany. Their speeches will be publicly broadcast online.  

Virtual satellite events for the general public

This year's PCD will also include a series of additional virtual public satellite events on various climate policy issues.

An overview of the satellite events can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. 

At this year's Petersberg Climate Dialogue, key aspects of IKI's global work can be found in the following satellite events:

  • 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 

#PCD12 – information related to the conference

Press conference to launch the PCD12. Photo: BMU/Sascha Hilgers

Conclusion of the event

"Ministers want to make the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow a success"

Press release

Milestones from 2010 to 2019

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue was launched in 2010 at the initiative of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. Here you will find an overview of the events of the past years.


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Information from IKI projects

Vietnam - cooperation against deforestation

The project supports sustainable landscape planning and effective cooperation between the public and private sectors.

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Rehabilitation of lands in Indonesia

The spread of palm oil plantations is leading to overuse of the land. The project used the native tree species Paraserianthes falcataria to restore severely degraded areas in Kalimantan province. 

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Photo: Tobias Buchberger

The Paris Agreement in action: Upscaling forest and landscape restoration

Forest and landscape restoration can make a decisive contribution to the achievement of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), since FLR measures often combine mitigation and adaptation approaches.

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NDC Support Programme

The project helps countries to comply with their Paris Agreement commitments, to build institutional and technical resources and skills through technical and financial assistance for climate change mitigation

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Biodiversity Finance Initiative.

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Integrated regional action for biodiversity in Brazil, India and Tanzania. 

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The project builds up sustainable resources and competencies in several areas of activity in the partner regions; it mainly supports Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). 

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Forest-friendly dairy farming in Chiapas

The project helps farmers to look after the forest. 

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Restoring degraded coffee landscapes

The project aims to introduce a low-emission and climate-resistant ‘Garden Coffee’ cultivation system.

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Mainstreaming biodiversity

The project supports the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into the value chains of bananas and pineapples.

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