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Together with representatives of the city of Bonn and the United Nations, State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth launched a local campaign entitled “Natürlich Bonn” (naturally Bonn) and reported on the latest progress in COP preparations. The campaign is intended to gear the citizens of Bonn up for this big event. From August, local citizens will have the opportunity to participate in various climate action activities. more

According to the annual report of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), over the past two years, German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has supported climate action with 870 million euros. With the funds already allocated from this year’s budget, this brings total funding to over one billion euros. The Ministry is using these funds to support 30 countries in the implementation of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). more

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At the invitation of Environment Minister Edgar Gutierrèz, Minister Hendricks is travelling to Costa Rica for four days of political talks. The meeting will mainly be devoted to the partnership between the two countries on the implementation of Costa Rica’s nationally determined contribution and also to forest conservation and restoration under the Bonn Challenge. In addition, Minister Hendricks will visit two climate action projects. more

Preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn this year are well underway and on track to deliver the infrastructure and arrangements needed for a successful meeting that can play its role in advancing the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Delegates will be able work in state of the art conference facilities, and benefit from an array of services, exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events. more

The G7 Environment Ministers’ meeting in Bologna was concluded with a strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement and to continue an ambitious climate policy. A comprehensive Communiqué adopted at the end of the meeting set out the ministers’ climate agenda. Furthermore, the ministers agreed on a work programme to strengthen resource efficiency and on further steps to implement the G7 Action Plan on Marine Litter. more