Overcoming the impacts of the COVID-19-pandemic and rebuilding Europe’s economies in a resilient manner as quickly as possible are among Germany’s top priorities during its Council Presidency. Combining these efforts with the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our long-term goals will be challenging. We invited you to discuss with us ways to effectively implement the European Green Deal in times of economic crisis and turn the COVID-19-pandemic into an opportunity. Achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 and reaching an ambitious agreement on a new 2030 greenhouse gas mitigation target remain of utmost importance and will be Europe’s contribution to a sustainable future.
Usually the annual World Climate Conference provides the occasion for our briefing. Since a strong signal for more climate protection is important, we decided to adapt the format and host a virtual briefing focusing on Germany’s Council Presidency. It is aimed at representatives of the diplomatic corps, business, scientific community, civil society and the press.
Director-General for International and European Policy and Climate Policy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Director for International Climate and Energy Policy and Digital Transformation, Federal Foreign Office
Picture credits: DKK, S. Roehl
26 October 2020