Strategic Environmental Dialogues
As of: November 2020
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
- Together with the partners of the Argentinean Ministry of the Environment, dialogues were continued in the area of recycling and waste management. On July 16 and 18, 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.
- In the political dialogue with China, the topics of resource and energy efficiency were promoted. Following a first joint conference in 2000, the dialogue was continuously intensified through regular environmental forums. The 6th German-Chinese Environmental Forum under the patronage of Minister of the environment Svenja Schulze and Vice-Minister Zhao Yingmin of the Chinese Ministry of the Environment in October 2019, focused on the fight against climate change and the preservation of biodiversity, among other things.
- The cooperation with the Indian Ministry of the Environment has been continued. In 2014 and 2015 the Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy developed recommendations for the cooperation of the countries in the field of economic and environmental policy. Since 2015, the exchange of knowledge has been stabilized and expanded through working groups. The bilateral working groups on water management, waste management, urban development, climate and biodiversity met again before the 3rd Indo-German Environmental Forum in February 2019 in New Delhi. The focus of the forum was on capacities and technologies for the implementation of NDCs and SDGs and it was decided to jointly promote the avoidance of marine litter.