Water scarcity and drought are among the serious consequences of climate change.

Climate change and development

Climate and development are inextricably linked. Climate change is having severe consequences for people and the environment, especially in developing countries. If we manage to limit global warming as quickly as possible and adapt to climate change worldwide, then we will be able to prevent uncontrollable consequences for our planet and at the same time create new development opportunities. The BMZ is supporting its partner countries in overcoming challenges related to climate change.

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Nearly all countries of the Global South are faced with the challenge of having to improve living conditions for a large proportion of their people and simultaneously adapt to the consequences of climate change. Moreover, many countries need to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and manage the transition to a climate-friendly economy in a setting of growing energy demand.

The German Development Ministry (BMZ) assists people in developing countries in making headway on climate change mitigation and dealing with the consequences of climate change. This also fosters the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The transition to a climate-friendly, resilient world needs to be combined with social progress so that the related efforts will find the necessary public acceptance. Thus, the fundamental principle for successful climate policies is the insight that development, climate change mitigation and adaption, and biodiversity conservation can only succeed in combination.

COP28 | 30 November – 13 December 2023 The BMZ at the World Climate Conference Internal link

Logo: COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Logo: COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

From 30 November 2023, the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28 (External link)).

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) represented the German Government on many negotiation issues and organised events at the conference together with partners. The recordings of the side events can be found on the website of the German Pavilion (External link).


A woman in Burundi reads by the light of a solar-powered table lamp.

Just Transition: Making sure that the transition towards climate-neutral economies and lifestyles is just Internal link

In order to keep the impacts of climate change within manageable limits, we need to ensure that lifestyles and economies worldwide become climate neutral by mid-century. This transition will only be successful if it includes emerging economies and developing countries – and it must be designed in a way that is socially just (Just Transition). No one should be left behind on the path towards climate neutrality and climate justice.

Solar plant and coal-fired power station in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Stopping global warming: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions Internal link

The emission of carbon dioxide needs to be reduced rapidly and drastically so as to halt the increase in global average temperatures (“decarbonisation”). This will require protecting natural carbon sinks such as oceans, forests and wetlands. Agriculture, for instance, will have to be restructured in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide.

Construction of a embankment on the banks of the Mayur River in the town of Khulna in south-western Bangladesh

Enhancing resilience: Adapting to the impacts of climate change Internal link

Climate change threatens countless people's livelihoods – and this threat will increase further in future. For that reason, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is not only funding climate change mitigation measures; it is also supporting its partner countries in adapting to the unavoidable impacts of climate change and, where adaptation is not sufficient, in dealing with climate change-related loss and damage.

A road in the Caribbean nation of St Lucia was washed away after heavy rain.

Loss and damage protection: improved support for vulnerable countries Internal link

Loss and damage caused by climate change is becoming increasingly more frequent in many developing countries and emerging economies. That is why Germany initiated the Global Shield against Climate Risks during its G7 Presidency. At the global climate change conferences, too, Germany has been working to improve the support provided to particularly vulnerable people and countries as they deal with loss and damage.

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As at: 02/10/2022