Petersberg Climate Dialogue – 2023

Current Affairs

  • The Petersberg Dialogue on Climate Change, held in Berlin from May 2–3, 2023, and hosted by Germany and the United Arab Emirates, is the 28th meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • Ministers from 40 countries attended the conference to discuss the way forward towards COP28.
  • German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, COP28 President-Designate Sultan Al Jaber and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley spoke at the inaugural address. 
  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking virtually to the conference, called for honesty when facing the climate crisis: “We must be upfront about what this requires: It requires cooperation – rising above geopolitical divisions; Climate justice – developed countries and international financial institutions delivering on long-overdue finance; And cleaning-up our economies – breaking our fossil fuel addiction, and driving decarbonisation in every sector.”
  • Bringing together a representative range of countries to build alliances among nations that want to forge ahead, where industrialised countries, island states, emerging economies and civil society come together, the PCD aims at strengthening strategic dialogue on just energy transition, global transformation and responses to climate impacts.
  • The focus this year included topics such as climate adaptation, climate finance and dealing with loss and damage, but in particular the first-ever global stocktake.

Petersburg Climate Dialogue:-

  • The first Petersberg Climate Dialogue was initiated by German politician and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the aim of improving communication between leaders and environment ministers after the near-failed negotiations at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15).
  • The meeting took place on April 2–4, 2010, at the Hotel Petersburg, on a hill called “Petersburg” near the German city of Bonn, where the UNFCCC is headquartered.

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