After the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), government, civil society, research and business representatives want to use the current momentum to enhance climate protection. What specific action is needed right now in the fight against climate change? Experts met at the Federal Foreign Office today, at an event titled Well below 2°C – concrete implementation post‑Paris, to debate this question ahead of COP22, which will be held in Marrakesh from 7 to 18 November 2016.
Joining forces to make COP22 a success
The next conference is just around the corner: a little less than one year after the “historic success” of the global climate negotiations in Paris, this year’s UN conference (COP22) in Morocco will be the next step in the fight against climate change. To pave the way for future action, more than 200 guests that include diplomats as well as business, research and civil-society representatives met for discussions today at the event titled Well below 2°C – concrete implementation post‑Paris. It was co‑hosted by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and the scientific association German Climate Consortium.
Assuming responsibility, involving all stakeholders
Minister of State Maria Böhmer opened the event with an appeal for shared responsibility and to continue what was achieved in Paris:
With the Paris Agreement, we jointly made obligations that we now need to meet. To do this, we must develop strategies that we then continuously further develop and adapt. Civil society, the business sector, and research institutions – all stakeholders must be involved.
In fact, the fight against climate change would also create opportunities, especially for developing countries, because it would increase economic growth and create jobs. She identified the key terms as being technology transfer and innovation. “If we are to jointly achieve the goals set in Paris and in the 2030 Agenda, we truly need a global transformation,” the Foreign Office Minister of State said, “in which sustainable development and climate protection go hand in hand.”
Germany doing its part to ensure rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement
The Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, commented as follows on the implementation of the Paris Agreement: “I am greatly pleased that last week we were able to conclude the parliamentary procedure for ratification of the Paris Agreement. We are thereby doing our part to ensure rapid entry into force. This underscores the credibility of the agreement and brings nearer its actual implementation.”
Focus on measures and national contributions towards joint success
Today’s other speeches and debates focused on what measures and national contributions are required to meet the shared objective of limiting global warming to well below 2°C compared to pre‑industrial levels. Another topic was the extent to which this objective also calls for further development of all societies. Only by developing all countries can global transformation succeed, with a view to achieving a greenhouse-gas-neutral and climate-resilient Society.