BMUB and BMZ present their initiative at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Hendricks giving a speech

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. Photo: BMUB/Thomas Trutschel

With the adoption of the Paris Agreement, numerous developing countries have made their first-ever commitment to complying with climate targets. A new implementation partnership now aims to assist them in transforming these targets into concrete strategies and measures. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and German Development Minister Gerd Müller presented the initiative yesterday at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.

The implementation partnership is the result of a joint initiative by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with the World Resources Institute (WRI). It aims to support developing countries in specifying and implementing their plans for climate change mitigation. Additionally, the initiative will help merge existing climate and development targets and improve harmonisation among the various donor programmes. The partnership will officially be launched at the climate conference in Marrakesh in November.

‘In Paris, we all pledged to stop dangerous climate change,’ said Hendricks. ‘We now have to achieve the targets we set ourselves and put the agreement into action in our daily work. We are ready to support developing countries in confronting this challenge and to share our experience with them. This will also open up new development opportunities for our partner countries. I believe that this initiative will send an important political signal at the next climate conference in Marrakesh.’

‘Climate change is driving millions of people out of drought-afflicted regions in Africa and coastal areas in Asia,’ added Müller. ‘We will only be able to achieve a world without hunger and poverty if we all join forces to drive forward effective climate action. This is a key challenge for the international community in the 21st century and the prerequisite for peace and for equitable and fair globalisation.’

The partnership will comprise developing countries, donor nations, institutional partners and NGOs – membership is open to all countries. BMZ and BMUB are providing support for setting up the partnership by financing a secretariat in Washington and Bonn. Additionally, the two ministries will further align their climate action projects with the intended nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement

One of the specific tasks of the implementation partnership will be to organise fast access to tailor-made advisory services for developing countries. The partnership will build on the work done by numerous organisations, initiatives and platforms and draw on their know-how. A contact point for developing countries will be established to address specific climate-related questions, for instance about expanding the use of renewable energies, sustainable urban development and climate-resilient agriculture. The partnership also aims to ensure that donors work hand in hand in implementing the Paris Agreement in different countries.