Climate Action

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in Berlin for international climate talks


Today and tomorrow, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will be in Berlin to participate in the 10th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an annual gathering of over 30 ministers from around the world for discussions in support of the UN climate change negotiating process.

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges humanity faces in the 21st century. After the successful adoption of the Katowice Rulebook last December at COP24 in Katowice, the EU stays firmly committed to continue leading the way in global climate action, in line with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. In this context the Commission presented in November 2018 a vision that can lead to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 2050 through a socially fair transition.

This year’s Petersberg Dialogue will be co-hosted by the German and Chilean governments, with Chile to hold the Presidency of the COP25 climate conference in Santiago in December this year.

Discussions will focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and preparations for COP25 and the Climate Action Summit to be hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General in September. Participants will also be able to exchange views on issues such as building resilience to the impacts of climate change, financing and implementation of countries’ national climate action plans (nationally determined contributions, NDCs) and how countries will report on progress.

In Berlin, Commissioner Arias Cañete will also hold bilateral meetings with the Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt and Chinese Special Envoy on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua.

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