Climate Dialogue in Berlin

Conference room with ministers

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

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks is hosting the seventh Petersberg Climate Dialogue together with Salaheddine Mezouar, the Moroccan Foreign Minister and incoming President of the next UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh. Around 35 ministers from all the world’s regions are expected to attend the Dialogue, which will take place on 3-5 July 2016.
After the historic success of the Paris Climate Conference last year, Germany and Morocco are keen to press ahead with the implementation of the agreement. German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister Mezouar are scheduled to address the delegates on Tuesday morning. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks explains: ‘The historic success achieved in Paris last year was not the end of the international climate process but a shared new point of departure. At the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, we want to draw on the spirit of Paris and discuss how we can achieve swift and ambitious implementation of the agreement.’

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue is an opportunity for ministers to meet with representatives of the UN, the OECD, Allianz Insurance and Greenpeace to discuss practical ways of implementing the Paris Agreement. One topic for discussion is how national climate targets can be increased for 2018-2020. The meeting will also explore promising ways of developing long-term climate strategies for the period to 2050.

A further issue on the agenda is how international financial flows can be aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Over dinner, Minister Hendricks and German Development Minister Gerd Müller will unveil a global partnership to support implementation of national climate action plans. The partnership, which brings together industrial and developing countries and international organisations, will provide coordinated support for developing countries in meeting their climate targets.

As their main topic for Tuesday, the delegates will look ahead to the next Climate Conference, due to take place in Morocco in November. The Dialogue will conclude with speeches by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Moroccan Foreign Minister Mezouar.

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue was launched by the Chancellor in 2010 in order to create fresh momentum in the climate process after the Copenhagen Conference. Since then, it has become established as an important diary date for international climate diplomacy. It is co-chaired by the country that is due to host the next Climate Change Conference. Ministers from all over the world, representing a wide range of countries, are invited to attend the Climate Dialogue to discuss potential solutions in an informal atmosphere. Following the success of last year’s Paris Conference, this year’s Dialogue will focus on implementation rather than on negotiations.