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Maas calls for greater efforts worldwide to combat climate change

Foreign Minister Maas at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

Foreign Minister Maas at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, © Thomas Koehler/photothek.net

17.04.2018 - Article

Time is running out for business as usual: that’s why Germany is campaigning around the world for clean and sustainable energy production.

Opening the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on Tuesday (17 April), Foreign Minister Maas called for greater efforts in the fight against climate change. Addressing an audience of politicians and energy experts from across the world, Maas said Germany would continue to do its utmost to speed up the global shift towards a sustainable energy supply. At the two day conference, government representatives, business leaders, scientists and academics from over 90 countries are discussing the future of the global energy supply.

Time is short

“We don’t have unlimited time at our disposal,” Maas emphasised. With the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, he went on, the international community had pledged to tackle the challenges posed by global warming. If the international community did not succeed in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the Minister said, then global peace and stability would be at even greater risk than hitherto.

Climate and security are linked

Climate change is already heightening conflicts over resources in many regions of the world. In some places, global warming is causing a deterioration in living conditions and thus triggering migration movements. That is why Germany is campaigning around the world for a shift towards sustainable energy production. In order to put the subject right at the top of the international agenda, Germany will bring together a group of states in the United Nations to push forward joint initiatives on climate change and international security. Last year, Germany made more than 200 million euros available for climate protection projects in poorer countries.

Foreign Minister Maas at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue
Foreign Minister Maas at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue© Thomas Koehler/photothek.net

Forge alliances for sustainability

To ensure that energy policy really does change around the world, the Federal Foreign Office is seeking to forge strategic alliances. “Unilateral national action and confrontations do not take us a single step forward,” stressed Maas. That is why diplomats in the Federal Foreign Office are working systematically to establish global partnerships and initiatives for a global energy transition.

 

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