Merkel at Climate Dialogue: Call for more solidarity | Free press


Berlin (dpa) – Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called on the international community to act swiftly and in solidarity against climate change.

At the start of the ministerial talks in the context of the 12th Petersberg climate dialogue, Merkel campaigned for a stronger international anchoring of CO2 pricing as a guiding instrument and for further climate aid for poorer countries from 2025. Climate protectors reacted disappointed because the Chancellor did so not making new commitments for poorer countries.

“In the interest of future generations around the world, it is important that we act quickly and decisively to mitigate the dramatic consequences of global warming,” said the Chancellor at the event, which is online for the second time due to the corona pandemic. be followed.

Around 40 line ministers will virtually discuss the implementation of the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement until Friday. . The focus is, among other things, on supporting poorer countries in adapting to climate change. The results of the talks will be announced on Friday afternoon.

The Chancellor, who initiated the Petersberg dialogue in 2010, stressed that Germany was working hard to further develop its climate goals. To realize the new ambitions announced by the federal government the day before, the phasing out of coal and the expansion of renewable energy are decisive. The CO2 price is also an important control instrument and should be introduced worldwide.

On Wednesday, the federal government announced concrete targets for a new climate protection law. The plans that the Federal Constitutional Court called for by ruling include a climate-neutral Germany by 2045, a 65 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2030 compared to 1990, and new climate targets after 2030.

Merkel emphasized that in addition to an ambitious national approach, international solidarity also played a key role for greater climate protection. In Copenhagen, industrialized countries pledged in 2009 to mobilize USD 100 billion annually from public and private sources for climate protection in developing countries by 2020. This goal has also been continued until 2025. However, the 2018 OECD figures showed that commitments were not always met.

Germany “surpassed” its share of four billion euros in 2019 by 4.3 billion, the chancellor said. But now it is time to continue international efforts. At COP26, industrialized countries should set new funding targets from 2025.

Other high-ranking participants such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for courageous action. Climate protection must not become another victim of the pandemic, recalled Johnson, who will also host the upcoming COP26. The world now faces the decision to either face climate change together or go down together, Johnson said.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the success of COP26 depends on progress in providing more money, the United Nations said. “I call on G7 Heads of State or Government to take the lead, along with other industrialized nations, to make substantial climate finance commitments over the next five years.”

In an initial response to the Chancellor’s speech, climate protectors expressed disappointment. Jan Kowalzig, climate expert at Oxfam Germany, found it a serious failure that the Chancellor did not make any new commitments for poorer countries. Germany must double its climate aid by 2025, he demanded.

Merkel, on the other hand, received some encouragement from the FDP for its pursuit of a global CO2 price. It is an important signal that the Chancellor has emphasized the importance of market-based climate protection instruments, said the FDP group’s climate policy spokesman Lukas Köhler. However, the grand coalition has so far not seriously advocated an international carbon price. That must be made up for in the coming term.