Germany to Assist Developing Countries in Implementing The Paris Agreement


At the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller presented a new partnership that aims to help developing countries, which committed to complying with climate targets, implement the Paris Agreement.


The partnership is initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,  Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and World Resources Institute, and will be officially launched at the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference in November 2016.


"In Paris we all pledged to stop dangerous climate change. We now have to achieve the targets we have set ourselves and to breathe life into the Paris Agreement,” said Barbara Hendricks. She also added, “We are ready to support developing countries in tackling this challenge and to share our experience with them. This should also give our partner countries new opportunities for development. I believe that this initiative will send an important political signal at the next Marrakesh climate conference."


In addition to developing countries, the initiative will include the participation of NGOs, donor countries and institutional partners. Nevertheless, the membership will be open to all countries.


The partnership is expected to help developing countries transform climate targets into specific strategies and measures and provide access to tailor-made actionable advice that is based on the “know-how” and experience of numerous organizations, initiatives and platforms. The partnership will support developing countries in implementing these strategies and measures, and help them address such questions as developing the use of renewable energies, sustainable urban development and climate-resilient agriculture.


"Climate change is driving millions of people out of drought-stricken regions in Africa and coastal regions in Asia. We will only be able to achieve a world without hunger and poverty if we all join forces to drive forward effective climate action,” said Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller, stating that this is a key challenge for the international community in the 21st century and the prerequisite for peace, and for equitable and fair globalization.


Source: Federal Ministry for Environment and Building


by Natalie Myhalnytska


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