ENB on the Side – UN Climate Change Conference 2017 – Issue #1

Coverage of Selected Side Events at the UN Climate Change Conference 2017
Issue No. 1 – Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Events covered on Monday, 6 November 2017

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Together for Climate Solutions, Opening of the German Pavilion
Presented by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
This event, moderated by Michael Schroeren, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Germany, was convened to open the German Pavilion at COP 23, and to outline Germany’s commitments on climate action.

Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany, explained that the Pavilion would provide an opportunity for Germany to present its national climate actions and priorities, including on adaptation, and oceans. She went on to describe the Fijian COP Presidency as an opportunity to draw attention to the impacts of climate change on SIDS, and pointed to the Talanoa Space, setup in conjunction with Fiji, at COP 23, to provide non-state actors a platform to celebrate their diversity, showcase activities and encourage exchange.

Hendricks stressed that the Paris Agreement would not be renegotiated, and that the focus in Bonn should be on developing guidelines for implementation to ensure mitigation goals are increasingly ambitious. She emphasized the need for transparent, comprehensive and comparable nationally determined contributions, and for measuring progress towards goals, emphasizing that the Talanoa Dialogue would help to close the action gap.

Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, highlighted German funding for global projects, which in terms of emission reductions, is equivalent to 25% of Germany’s total emissions, or offsetting the equivalent of 100 coal-fired power plants. He went on to announce that Germany would invest an additional €1 billion to fund global mitigation and adaptation action.

Highlighting climate protection as an opportunity for both development and investment, Müller emphasized the vital role that German clean technologies play in global climate action.

He concluded by outlining the Germany’s strategy to become carbon neutral by 2020, stressing that they “are not just talking but acting. ”
The ensuing discussion focused on: Ministerial expectations for COP 23; the impact of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement; the allocation of the German €1 billion contribution; and Germany’s mitigation commitments and achievements.