Linking climate protection with a new start for the global economy

This year’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue focused on the question of how to combine the management and the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic with an ambitious climate policy.

Around 30 climate ministers from all over the world participated in the event, at the invitation of Minister Svenja Schulze, Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany.

International and virtual conference

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Petersberg Climate Dialogue took place for the first time as a video conference. In this way, the participants sent a strong signal, underlining that an ambitious climate policy and its implementation in the Paris Agreement must still be driven onwards, even in the midst of the crisis.

As hosts to the event, Minister Svenja Schulze said, “The Corona pandemic does not allow business as usual, not even in climate policy. However, this crisis once again makes it clear on the importance of multilateral cooperation. A coordinated international approach is also indispensable for climate policy, therefore our meeting again this year for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue was a high priority for me, despite the pandemic.The issue regarding how the world community organises the new start of the world economy is decisive for climate protection”.

Highlights of the two-day conference were the participation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Sustainable crisis management

A new start for the economy requires progress to be made in climate protection. This will make the entire world more crisis-resistant. The discussion on the achievement and implementation of this goal has been given the name “Green Recovery”. The title is apt because the reconstruction that will inevitably follow the Corona crisis will also provide us with an opportunity to set the course for a climate-neutral European economy and to develop a new model of prosperity in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Videos and Statements: Online documentation of the event

The Petersburg Climate Dialogue was recorded by the BMU. All the information can be attained on the BMU Petersberg Climate Dialogue website. These include:

  • Statement by the Chancellor Angela Merkel (Germany), Secretary-General António Guterres (United Nations), and the Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab (United Kingdom);
  • Statements by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (The Brookings Institution), Nicholas Stern (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment) and Christiana Figueres (Obfrau Mission 2020);
  • Video messages from ministers from different countries;
  • Video messages from heads of international organisations;
  • Video messages from non-state actors; and,
  • The complete live stream from the High Level Segment.

The final declaration of the 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue is also available on this page.

Photos of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue XI showing the video conference

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue took place for the 11th time this year. It offers a platform for informal exchange on climate related issues at the political level. The format was launched in 2010 at the suggestion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and has meanwhile established itself as an important date in international climate policy. Read more about the milestones of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.