Strategic Environmental Dialogues
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement, the international community has put forward an ambitious vision that forms a blueprint for international cooperation. In this context the project supports the BMU in its climate and environmental dialogue with major emerging economies, including India, Indonesia and China. In addition to policy advice, it assists in the implementation and organisation of high-level bilateral environmental forums and regional and international conferences, and implements capacity-building measures in the focus countries. In addition to policymakers, key stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society take part in the dialogue forums. The aim is to promote bilateral and international exchange on an environmental-friendly and low-carbon economy, and thereby support consensus-building on key issues in international processes on climate and environmental policy.
Strategic Environmental Dialogue Forums with Newly Industrialising Countries
Strategic Environmental Dialogue Forums with Partner Countries on Gearing their Economies Towards Resource and Energy Efficiency
State of implementation/results
- The project supports the BMU in the preparation and implementation of various dialogue formats and strengthens the exchange and cooperation in the environmental sector with various emerging countries.
- Through the dialogue with China, significant progress has been made on issues related to resource and energy efficiency. Following an initial joint conference in 2000, the dialogue has been continuously intensified by means of regular bilateral environmental forums. The sixth Sino-German Environmental Forum, which was jointly hosted by the German Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and the Chinese Deputy Environment Minister Zhao Yingmin, took place in October 2019 and established the focus of efforts on the fight against climate change and the conservation of biodiversity.
- Cooperation with the Indian Ministry of the Environment was consolidated. In 2014 and 2015, the Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy developed recommendations for cooperation between countries in the area of economic and environmental policy. The group is made up of renowned experts from think tanks in India and Germany. In 2015, working groups were established to consolidate the exchange of knowledge. The bilateral working groups on Water and Waste Management, Urban Development, Climate as well as Biodiversity met again before the third Indo-German Environmental Forum in February 2019 in New Delhi. The forum focused on capacities and technologies for the implementation of the NDCs and SDGs and it was decided that the prevention of marine litter would be jointly promoted.
- Within the framework of the German-Brazilian environmental dialogue, it was agreed to intensify cooperation on SDGs in 2018. Most recently, in December 2019, a training course for executives on SDGs and the environment was developed and conducted in cooperation with the Brazilian National Academy of Public Administration (ENAP).
- Together with the partners of the Argentinean Ministry of the Environment, the strategic environmental dialogues in the thematic area of circular economy and waste management were continued. On 16 and 18 July 2019, two Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCE days) were held in cooperation with the German think tank CRCLR, bringing together experts, environmentalists and innovators to exchange ideas and solutions.
- At global and regional level, the project supports the preparation and implementation of numerous international events for sustainable development on behalf of the BMU. Most recently, the project supported the consultation of scientists in the preparation of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) through a regional workshop in Amman, Jordan, in April 2019. In cooperation with UNDESA, the Indonesian Ministry of Planning BAPPENAS and the IKI Global Project "SDG Review and Implementation", a regional workshop was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 19-21 November 2019 to disseminate the core messages of the GSDR. Around 80 representatives from academia, civil society, the private sector and governments intensively discussed the findings and recommendations for the Asia and Pacific region, thus strengthening understanding and acceptance as well as the global debate on the implementation of the 2030 agenda.