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More than 35 ministers from all over the world have been invited to join the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, taking place on Monday & Tuesday the 18th and 19th of June. They have been invited by the German Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and the designated President of the next World Climate Change Conference in Katowice, the Polish State Secretary Michal Kurtyka, to discuss the issue of just transition, among other things.


The term Just Transition describes a just transformation of the fossil economy into a sustainable economy. It is the first time that the Petersberg Dialogue, now taking place for the ninth year, has such an explicit focus on the social aspects that are inextricably tied to climate action. How a transformation away from fossil fuels can take into account social rights and equity will be the subject of a meeting on Monday morning.

Angela Merkel, then German Minister of Environment Barbara Hendricks, and Prime Minister of Fiji Joasaia Voreqe Bainimarama during the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in 2017. (Picture: BMUB/Thomas Koehler)

Another topic during this informal international government conference is the preparation of the 24th World Climate Conference in December, COP24, in Katowice, Poland. Together with the Polish Presidency, delegates will discuss what a balanced conference outcome could look like. In Katowice, the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change are to be adopted, which, among other things, make the contributions of individual states measurable and comparable.


Also high on the agenda will be climate financing, with discussions on the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund expected to pick up the pace (if you need a refresher on ‘climate finance’, go here). One of the key questions here will be how to make financial support towards climate action as effective, credible and predictable as possible.


Discussions during the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in 2017. (Picture: BMUB/Thomas Koehler)


On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will speak to the delegates, alongside a Petersberg Talanoa Dialogue, intended to motivate states to review their contributions to climate change by 2020 and to send out a clear political signal at COP24 in Katowice.


You can watch a live-stream of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue here.
Arthur Wyns

About Arthur Wyns

Arthur Wyns is a tropical biologist and science journalist who writes about climate change, environment and migration. He manages Programs and Partnerships for Climate Tracker since 2017.