Climate protection

Germany and Morocco launch climate partnership for developing countries

Thomas Silberhorn, Parlamentary Secretary of State and the Moroccan Minister for the Environment Hakima El Haité (second on the left) during their meeting in Rabat

Press release of 12.09.2016 |

Rabat – On 10 September, in the capital city of Morocco, Germany’s Development State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn and Morocco’s Environment Minister Hakima El Haité laid the foundations for a climate partnership for developing countries. With the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015, the international community committed to implement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) with a view to keeping the global increase in average temperatures well below two degrees Celsius. The Climate Partnership initiated by the German government is meant for both developing and industrialised countries, and for institutional partners such as the United Nations. The idea is that the partnership will in future support the specific efforts of developing countries to implement their national climate protection plans.

"Climate change doesn’t recognise national borders," Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn said. "Whether foreign factories are emitting unfiltered CO2 or energy is being generated using solar and wind power is a matter of concern for us as well. With the climate partnership we are breathing life into the Paris Climate Agreement and making a concrete contribution to global climate protection."

Germany, as the initiator of the Partnership, and Morocco as the host country of the next climate conference, which will take place in Marrakesh in November 2016, are co-chairs of the steering group, which met for the first time at the weekend. The Climate Partnership will be officially launched at the climate conference in November. Membership will then be open to all countries.

In order to support the Climate Partnership, the German government will finance the setting-up of a secretariat in Washington and in Bonn. The concrete tasks of the implementation partnership will include organising swift access to tailor-made advisory services for developing countries. There will also be a kind of clearing house where developing countries can come with concrete questions about climate protection – for example, questions about developing renewable energies, sustainable urban development, climate resilient agriculture and many other topics.

Located in the Moroccan desert, Ouarzazate, the biggest and most modern solar plant in the world, is a milestone on Africa’s path to become a green continent for energy generation. The plant has been built with the help of German development assistance and German companies. Federal Minister Gerd Müller visited the solar power plant at the beginning of the year.

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