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INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER 02/16
24 May 2016

undefinedHendricks calls for global transformation in resource use

undefinedBonn climate negotiations: Implementation phase of Paris Agreement begins

undefinedMinister Hendricks signs Paris Agreement

undefinedBMUB supports China in emissions trading

undefinedThe transformative power of cities

undefined"We must complete nuclear phase-out responsibly and safely"

undefinedFederal Building Ministry strengthens Bonn as UN location

Resource Efficiency

Hendricks calls for global transformation in resource use

On the sidelines of the G7 environment ministers’ meeting in Japan, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks called for putting a stop to resource waste in order to maintain the two degree limit on global warming and fulfil the UN sustainable development goals. Latest scientific studies on resource conservation warn that global raw material consumption will at least double by 2050 if the current trend continues unchecked. Instead, more effective use of raw materials and other natural resources would have significant advantages for the economy and the environment. During its G7 presidency in 2015, the German government placed resource efficiency on the G7 summit agenda for the first time.undefinedmore

Climate

Bonn climate negotiations

International climate diplomats talk from 16 to 26 May in Bonn. It is the first meeting since the Paris Agreement was adopted. The goal is to prepare for the Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh. It marks the beginning of a new phase of climate diplomacy which will focus on technical structures and implementing the decisions. Next negotiations follow with the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on 4 and 5 July in Berlin.undefinedmore

 

 


Minister Hendricks signs Paris Agreement

Minister Barbara Hendricks attended the ceremony of the United Nations in New York to sign the Paris Agreement. This makes Germany one of the first signatory states of the climate agreement. By signing the agreement, countries are signalling their approval of the agreement's contents. It will enter into force when at least 55 countries have ratified it. At least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions need to be emitted by these countries.undefinedmore

Emissions Trading

BMUB supports China in emissions trading

China has been testing the instrument of emissions trading in seven pilot regions since 2013. Shanghai is one of them. The schemes are very similar to emissions trading in the EU. The BMUB has been supporting this development through the International Climate Initiative since 2012. Priorities include legal advice and training of staff from administration and industry. undefinedmore

Sustainability

Effects of urbanization on climate goals

The new expert report "Humanity on the move: unlocking the transformative power of cities" focuses on the impacts urbanisation has on sustainable urban development and the achievement of climate targets. The urbanisation surge is primarily taking place in Asia and Africa and will be a key driver of global change. A key recommendation is the adoption of social contracts for the urban transformation towards sustainability worldwide.undefinedmore

Nuclear Safety

Responsible and safe nuclear phase-out

26 April marks the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Against this background, Barbara Hendricks explained that Germany is a technical pioneer when it comes to decommissioning nuclear power plants. Ukraine and its neighbour Belarus are still suffering the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Thus Hendricks called for the German nuclear phase-out to be completed responsibly and safely. undefinedmore

International Environmental Policy

Bonn as UN location strengthened

The Federal Building Ministry of Germany and the City of Bonn have signed a grant agreement for investments geared towards strengthening Bonn as a UN location. The goal is to make Bonn a centre for international cooperation. The UN Campus in Bonn is now one of the major UN locations in Europe with around 1,000 employees. The new investments are expected to make Bonn even more attractive. undefinedmore

Events
05.06.2016 undefined World Environment Day
 
06.06.2016 undefined Ceremony "30 years BMUB", Berlin (German)
      
08.06.2016 undefined Conference on Sustainable Tourism in the Alpine Region, Sonthofen
 
15.06.2016 undefined Conference marking 10 years of Federal Government NanoDialogue, Berlin
 
17.06.2016 undefined World Day to Combat Desertification
 
19.06.2016 undefined Car-Free Sunday