International climate diplomacy: Meeting of the major economies and emitters

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National park Wattenmeer with wind turbines, © Jens Hogenkamp

27.01.2022 - Article

Limiting global warming is a challenge for the entire world. The largest industrialised nations must lead the way. Today, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is taking part in the Major Economies Forum, which will focus on implementing the Climate Pact agreed upon at COP 26 in Glasgow.

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees is a challenge for the world as a whole. The leading industrialised nations and the largest emitters of greenhouse gases have a key role to play in this. On 27 January, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will represent the Federal Republic of Germany at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate for the first time. The meeting will take place virtually at the invitation of the United States. The aim is to identify ways of implementing the agreements reached at COP 26 in Glasgow as well as potential joint measures. The question as to how a fair transition can be achieved will also be addressed. Another important issue discussed will be the Global Methane Pledge, aimed at reducing global methane emissions. The meeting will also lay the groundwork for the next Climate Change Conference in Egypt.

What is the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate?

The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate was established by the United States in 2009. It brings together both the major industrialised and developing countries. The aim is to strengthen the dialogue among the largest economic nations on climate change mitigation issues. The priority is to bring about the global energy transition in order to reduce greenhouse gases while maintaining sustainable growth. These meetings also lay the groundwork for the Climate Change Conferences. Several meetings at different levels are planned this year – including those of the Heads of State and Government as well as of ministers.


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