UN Climate Summit 2014

Federal Minister Müller: Climate action is a vital issue for the survival of humankind

Minister Müller attends the UN Climate Summit 2014 as the representative of the German government.

23.09.2014 |

New York – In New York to attend the global climate summit, Minister Gerd Müller has called for a new global partnership. "Efficient climate action is a vital issue for the survival of humankind. That is why we need a new global partnership in which sustainability is the principle upon which our actions are based. We need a value-based order with binding ecological and social standards."

Minister Müller will deliver a statement on climate financing to the United Nations during the afternoon session as the representative of the German gov­ern­ment.

"Climate action as an element of de­vel­op­ment policy makes good sense," says Minister Müller. "With every euro that we invest in climate-related measures we are saving four euros that we would have to spend in the future to compensate for environmental damage. We already know that it is people in de­vel­op­ing and emerging coun­tries who will bear the brunt of the burden due to climate change."

Parallel to his statement the Minister mentioned, as an example, the accelerated degradation of the land in many parts of Africa as a result of climate change. It is anticipated that by 2030 harvests in Africa will have fallen by as much as a third. In Africa alone 90 per cent of the land used to produce corn and millet could be lost, causing huge hunger problems. Experts warn that 200 million people worldwide will leave their home coun­tries because of climate change if global warming is not halted.

Between 2005 and 2014, Germany increased its contributions towards in­ter­national climate action fourfold, from 470 million euros to more than 1.8 billion euros. Germany has been pushing hard for the Green Climate Fund to be set up as a mechanism that the in­ter­national donor com­mu­ni­ty can use in the future to finance global projects to protect the climate. Germany has pledged 750 million euros towards this new fund.

The de­vel­op­ment ministry is the global climate ministry. Ninety per cent of the funding allocated for global climate action is channelled through the BMZ.

One priority of German involvement in the field of in­ter­national climate action is renewable energies, for example in India, where German expertise is being provided to support the installation of one of the biggest photovoltaic solar power stations in the world. It will provide power for more than one million people.

In addition, Germany has also invested over 500 million euros worldwide in forest conservation, an area of involvement that is to be further expanded between now and 2017. This funding will be used to protect an area of about 630,000 km2 – almost as big as Germany and Italy put together.

Another priority is the ag­ri­cul­tur­al sector in de­vel­op­ing and emerging coun­tries. As part of German de­vel­op­ment policy, farmers are being helped to prepare for climatic changes and to adapt their ag­ri­cul­tur­al production methods in such a way that they are better able to cope with extreme weather. These adaptations include growing new types of plants, using the land in more sus­tain­able ways, and employing environmentally sound farming and irrigation methods.

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