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INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER 03/16
7 July 2016

undefinedPetersberg Climate Dialogue: momentum for implementation of the Paris Agreement

undefined4th Sino-German government consultations

undefinedUN Environment Assembly as key platform for solving global environmental problems

undefinedGermany and India strengthen cooperation on smart cities

undefinedEU ministers responsible for urban matters adopt Pact of Amsterdam

undefinedBarbara Hendricks opens German Pavilion at the Biennale Architecture Exhibition in Venice

undefinedMexico-Germany Dual Year: Flasbarth at Sustainability Week

undefined10 years of NanoDialogue – a federal government initiative

Climate

Momentum for implementation of the Paris Agreement

The seventh Petersberg Climate Dialogue ended on 5 July in a buoyant mood. There was consensus at the talks that the climate targets laid down in Paris must be implemented as quickly as possible in concrete policies. Many countries are already drawing up strategies for climate action up to 2050 with great enthusiasm. The German Climate Action Plan is an international reference therefore. At the talks, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller jointly presented a global partnership to support the implementation of nationally determined contributions. Developing countries, donor countries, institutional partners and NGOs will participate in the partnership.undefinedmore

International Environmental Policy

4th Sino-German government consultations

Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter signed an agreement with Chinese Environmental Protection Minister Chen Jining in Beijing. Thus bilateral cooperation in the areas of environmental protection and sustainable development should be strengthened. A cooperation between China and Germany could lend considerable momentum worldwide, stated Schwarzelühr-Sutter. undefinedmore


Important decisions at UNEA

More than 120 participants came together in Nairobi for the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. They decided on a wide range of international environmental topics, e. g. the implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals or marine conservation. State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth led the German delegation.undefinedmore

Urban Development

Cooperation on smart cities with India

The Federal Building Ministry plans to support the three Indian cities of Bhubaneswar, Kochi and Coimbatore in implementing their smart city plans as part of the 100 Smart Cities programme. The focus is also on tackling existing problems such as housing shortages, poor water and energy supply and overburdened infrastructures. Germany could initially help by offering to carry out feasibility studies. undefinedmore


Pact of Amsterdam adopted

Ministers of the EU member states responsible for urban matters adopted the Pact of Amsterdam which will be the basis for the first Urban Agenda for the EU. The overall aim is to give European cities a stronger voice. Central to the methodology behind this new Urban Agenda are "partnerships", representing a new form of voluntary cooperation between the EU Commission, member states, regions and cities.undefinedmore


15th International Architecture Exhibition

The participating countries are expected to showcase solutions that architects, planners, decision-makers and civil society players can provide to address the major social challenges of our time. Germany’s contribution presents theses on successful integration, describes the prerequisites for lively and liveable urban neighbourhoods and highlights the contribution urban design and architecture can make in these areas.undefinedmore

Sustainability

Flasbarth at Sustainability Week in Mexico

Sustainability Week was held as part of the Mexico-Germany Dual Year. Sustainable development, biodiversity, climate change mitigation and environmental conservation dominated the agenda during a two-day visit by State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth. In April, Germany and Mexico signed a Joint Declaration on Climate Action and the Energy Transition and Biodiversity. undefinedmore

Nanotechnology

10 years of NanoDialogue

Expert conferences on topics surrounding the use of nanomaterials as a central platform have been held recent years since 2006. These have explored nanomedicine, nanowaste, the traceability and transparency of nanomaterials and the opportunities and potential risks in consumer products, based on analyses in the food sector. All stakeholders involved expressed the wish to continue with the dialogue initiative under the BMUB.undefinedmore

Events
10.-11.09.2016 undefined Environmental policy 3.0 - The Festival of the Future | Berlin
 
14.09.2016 undefined Rainforest Day | worldwide
      
16.09.2016 undefined International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer | worldwide
 
29.09.2016 undefined World Maritime Day | worldwide
BMUB campaign

A living rhino is worth more than its horn

When the doors open, the rhinoceros loses its horn – this visual statement on the trains of the Berlin underground is part of a campaign launched by Barbara Hendricks to advocate for stronger protections from poaching for endangered species. The minister is commemorating a notable anniversary: forty years ago the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora came into force in Germany.undefinedmore

Publications

Life Cycle Assessment Construction Sector

The ecological and health-relevant assessment of buildings, and the selection of construction materials, is gaining importance. Life cycle assessments for buildings are used for quantitative calculations and the assessment of environmental factors.undefinedmore

 

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