The 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue ended today with a call to make this year’s UNClimate Change Conference in Glasgow a success and to conclude negotiations on all unresolved aspects of the rulebook under the Paris Agreement. At the invitation of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Alok Sharma, designated president of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), around 40 ministers from all over the world participated in the PCD on 6 and 7 May via video conference. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also took part.
In the discussions it became clear that the individual policy steps towards complete greenhouse gas neutrality are becoming increasingly defined, especially in economically strong countries. Many of the participants agreed that the rhythm of the Paris Agreement, under which the international community revises and raises the ambition of its climate targets every five years, has proven effective. To enable more ambitious climate targets in developing countries too, increased financial support from wealthier countries is required to enhance efforts the countries make themselves. Germany has pledged a fair contribution to this support.
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