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Reducing emissions, taking global action, seizing opportunities: The German Government’s Strategy on Climate Foreign Policy

06.12.2023 - Press release

Joint press statement by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection to mark the publication of the Strategy on Climate Foreign Policy.

As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) takes place in Dubai, the German Government has adopted Germany’s first Strategy on Climate Foreign Policy. This brings together the climate policy goals and measures of the various ministries, defines priorities and creates a roadmap for coherent government action in climate foreign policy. It is the world’s most comprehensive strategy of this kind.

The Strategy on Climate Foreign Policy firmly aligns Germany’s actions with the Paris Agreement. The top priority is the aim to bring the world onto a 1.5°C pathway, thus preventing the worst effects of the climate crisis and securing continued prosperity and security in future. The strategy sets interministerial priorities while also defining concrete fields of action and instruments with the aim of advancing the global climate-friendly transformation. It also sends the message to the rest of the world that Germany is leading the way in international climate action and is a reliable partner, who acts in solidarity. Furthermore, it wants to show how climate action offers economic, ecological and social opportunities that are there for the taking.

Annalena Baerbock, Federal Foreign Minister:

Climate policy is about more than protecting the environment – it is also a policy for innovation, a policy for Germany as a location for business and a policy for more security. Plus, in these geopolitically challenging times, climate policy provides an opportunity to overcome old divides in power politics. Those countries which are working together, which want to achieve something in climate policy, have the chance to get everyone on board and to lead the world to the vital 1.5 degree pathway. And in a world in which the global regulatory framework is under increasing pressure, to thereby help strengthen multilateralism. For it is no longer the G7 against the G77. Rather, we are joining forces with those who we hope want to prevent the climate crisis, thus helping to bring about more justice in the world.

Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action:

We, as the international community, are implementing the Paris Agreement together. Germany is therefore now presenting a strategy for its climate foreign policy, that is to say for its climate policy in relation to the rest of the world – the first country to do so.

Climate action is a cross-cutting issue for our Government. This is true both nationally and internationally. As we travel towards a zero-carbon economy, we are strongest when we bring our different interests in the field of climate, energy and trade into line and coordinate them closely with our international partners. Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine has shown us that a secure, climate-neutral and low-cost energy supply not only is an important part of our efforts to tackle the climate crisis, but also plays a major role in placing our security of supply on strong internal and external foundations, and in offering disadvantaged regions in this world new opportunities for value creation and a more socially just development. This is also a principle of our climate foreign policy.

Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development:

Climate action can only succeed as a team effort. There are so many interrelated factors, which is why good coordination within the German Government is so important. The success of the energy transition in Germany also depends on the conditions in our partner countries, where we source raw materials for things like batteries and green hydrogen. At the same time, there is a lot we can do to help mitigate climate change in other countries. The Development Ministry can engage its global partnerships here, and will further increase its political involvement.

Steffi Lemke, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection:

We need strong partners worldwide to tackle the enormity of the challenges posed by the rapidly advancing climate crisis. We need to take an integrated approach to addressing climate action and adaptation, biodiversity conservation and pollution. We do not have time to deal with these crises one at a time. This is why we are supporting our partners worldwide in conserving their forests, peatlands and mangroves. With the German Government’s Strategy on Climate Foreign Policy, we are collaborating with our partners to achieve comprehensive climate action. Ultimately, nature conservation fosters climate action, and climate action protects nature.

You can download the German version of the Strategy on Climate Foreign Policy as well as an English summary of the strategy.

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