Briefing in the run-up to COP26

Windows of Opportunity for Swift Action

Experts from politics, business and science discussed which topics are important at this year's Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on 26 October at the joint online briefing of the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Environment Ministry and the German Climate Consortium – including the Nationally Determined Contributions to climate protection and the implications of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report for the goals of the Paris Agreement.

On 31 October, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) begins in Glasgow, Scotland. It is organised by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy. Five days before the start, experts from politics, business and science discussed the upcoming two weeks of negotiations in an online briefing. Expectations are high for the climate summit, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 crisis. Although climate protection efforts have increased worldwide in recent years, the world is still a long way from achieving its goals.

Among other things, the direct negotiations of the world leaders in Glasgow will deal with the question of how states measure and monitor greenhouse gases and how frequently they will review their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to make possible further greenhouse gas reductions. In addition, the focus is on the following questions:

  • How can greenhouse gas emissions in the economically strong countries of the G7 and G20 be reduced in a relevant way in the coming years to accelerate the path to climate neutrality?
  • How can international climate finance and support for climate adaptation measures in the Global South be secured?

In our briefing, State Secretary Miguel Berger of the Federal Foreign Office and State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety set out the political scope of this year's Climate Change Conference. Jill Gallard, British Ambassador to Germany, outlined what the UK COP26 Presidency expects and listed progress on mitigation, adaptation, climate finance and global collobaration across all sectors of society as the goal. In her presentation, DKK Board Chair Professor Astrid Kiendler-Scharr explained the implications of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC) Report for the goals of the Paris Agreement: Unless there are immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to 1.5°C will be beyond reach. The political responses that can help to achieve this were discussed afterwards on the first panel. Pressure from companies that have understood how their business models depend on a climate-neutral world can help to further boost these efforts – Dr Melanie Maas-Brunner, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, reported on this in her input. In the following interview, Rabea Koss talked to moderator Conny Czymoch about the work and results of the Citizens' Climate Council in Germany. Both inputs from the business community and civil society were discussed in greater depth in a second panel discussion.

Around 350 people from the diplomatic corps, politics, business, academia and civil society took part in the online briefing, which was broadcasted live from the Federal Foreign Office.

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Agenda

Windows of opportunity for swift action

Welcome and Introduction

Miguel Berger

State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office

Jochen Flasbarth

State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Urgent action is needed: policy responses

Video message from the COP Presidency

Jill Gallard

British Ambassador to Germany

Findings of the new IPCC Assessment Report

Professor Astrid Kiendler-Scharr

IPCC Lead Author and Chairwoman of the German Climate Consortium, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Panel

Urgent action is needed: answers from the business community and civil society

Lead-in business presentation: The road to climate neutrality in industry

Dr Melanie Maas-Brunner

Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE

Interview

Rabea Koss

Spokesperson of the German Citizens’ climate council

Panel

Moderation

Conny Czymoch

Journalist and international conference moderator

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