03.04.2020

The UN Climate Conference postponed while the Petersberg Climate Dialogue will take place virtually

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat has postponed this year’s World Climate Conference until 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The climate conference was scheduled to take place at the beginning of November 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A new date for the conference has not yet been set.

Representatives from around 200 countries were set to attend the UNFCCC COP26, as vital negotiations addressing the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015 are currently underway.

Minister Svenja Schulze, from the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), acknowledged the postponement of the conference but urged on further work on climate change, saying, “How we manage to initiate the necessary structural reforms for rapid decarbonisation on a global level over the next few years will determine whether we succeed in limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius. Therefore, we must commit to more ambitious climate targets together with our international partners by the end of this year or in the run-up to the next World Climate Conference at the latest. These targets must be consistently implemented during the economic recovery following the Corona crisis.”

She added that it is important to use this time, until the 2021 climate conference, to make progress with the international partners. The Petersberg Climate Dialogue will be a prelude to this process. It will bring together representatives from 35 countries and is scheduled to take place at the end of April virtually.

The UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA52), initially scheduled to take place in June 2020 before the COP26, is also postponed and will take place in October 2020.