Climate Action

Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans attends Petersberg Climate Dialogue


On 7 May, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will participate in the 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an informal high-level political meeting of over 30 ministers from around the world focusing on the international climate negotiations and the implementation of climate action.

The annual meeting taking place on 6-7 May will be co-hosted by Germany and the United Kingdom as the incoming Presidency of the UN climate change conference (COP26) taking place in November in Glasgow. The meeting will be held virtually for the second year in a row due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With a focus on preparations for the upcoming COP26 climate conference, discussions at the Petersberg Dialogue will address pressing issues such as enhancing countries’ climate-resilience and adaptation capacity, scaling up international climate finance, and promoting transparent international carbon market rules.

The online gathering of ministers and senior government officials provides an important platform for exchanging ideas and best practices, facilitating greater international cooperation and ambition as countries continue to prepare and submit their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Petersberg Dialogue will be the third high-level meeting of the year on international climate action ahead of COP26 in November, following the fifth session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) in March and the Global Leaders Summit in April.


The high-level ministerial segment of the 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue will start on 6 May 2021 at 14.00 with keynote addresses from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The schedule can be found on the German Environment Ministry’s website.