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"Entering a New Era of Transatlantic Climae and Energy Cooperation": Conference in the Federal Foreign Office, 30 September 2008


On Tuesday (30 September) Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel will open the conference "Entering a New Era of Transatlantic Climate and Energy Cooperation" at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Germany and the United States have a key role to play in addressing global tasks of the future. Climate protection and sustainable energy policy are therefore very high priorities on a 'new transatlantic agenda', according to Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Representatives from US states, cities, academia, business and foundations will meet with German partners to share their experiences and discuss new prospects for transatlantic cooperation in the field of climate and energy policy. In the opening session Georg Mascolo, editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel, will moderate a discussion between Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Governor Doyle (Wisconsin) and Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends.

In addition, the session called "Marketplace of Ideas: Speed Dating for Transatlantic Climate Protection" will serve as a way to identify new partnerships and concrete opportunities for cooperation between US and German stakeholders. A large number of German and US initiatives, businesses and research institutions will introduce their activities in the field.

The conference is open to the press.

Please see the enclosed programme for further details.

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