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Climate change – Time to act

"Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. "We have the tools to make our actions effective. What we still lack – even after the Paris Agreement – is the leadership and the ambition to do what is needed."

The global transformation towards climate-friendly and climate-resilient development has been launched. In 2015, the international community created a political framework for this transformation by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. Read more

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11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue (27-28 April 2020) #PCD11

At the 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue on 27 and 28 April, some 30 countries will be discussing challenges and answers in relation to dealing with climate change. Because of the current global health crisis, the Dialogue will be held as a digital event. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General António Guterres will be taking part in the Dialogue.

The debate will focus on how to continue to work on the international climate agenda with ambition in the current COVID-19 situation and how to make the global actions for economic recovery as climate-friendly and climate-resilient as possible.


Video message

In her video message on the occasion of the Climate Dialogue, Parliamentary State Secretary Maria Flachsbarth said:

"In order to ensure growth that is inclusive we must invest in a forward-looking way – the recovery plans must be sustainable, climate neutral and climate resilient. Massive investments in renewable energies, sustainable mobility and nature-based solutions will create millions of jobs. And that will take us a big step forward on the path towards climate neutrality, instead of returning to our old polluting ways."


Further information

Participants' speeches and the following discussion can be viewed online on 28 April from about 3.10 p.m. (Central European Time) at

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German activities

We are taking action:

  • We help our partners to make their NDCs more ambitious, for instance through the global NDC Partnership and bilateral climate partnerships.
  • We strengthen the role of adaptation to climate change in international negotiations.
  • We work for the creation of robust international market mechanisms to foster increased ambition, and we lobby for credible emissions trading.
  • We support the global exit from coal by tapping climate-friendly alternatives such as solar and wind energy, especially in Africa.
  • We support the conservation of tropical forests for the benefit of the global climate and of forest dwellers.
  • We support nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation and protect oceans and coastal populations through mangroves and coral reefs.
  • We put a focus on the benefits of climate risk insurance, and we strengthen cooperation between governments, insurance companies and the private sector.
  • We work to achieve better management of losses and weather disasters caused by climate change.
  • We help to meet international commitments on climate finance and we work with partners such as the multilateral development banks to make financial flows compatible with the Paris Agreement.
  • We combine development and climate action, among other things, through voluntary offsetting activities in the private sector, for instance through our Development and Climate Alliance.
  • We foster gender equality in climate action.
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