Cañete pushes sustainable development in Berlin

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European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete gives a press conference at the Berlaymont, Brussels.

High-level climate talks focus on Paris Agreement implementation


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European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete is in Berlin on May 22-23 to take part in the 8th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an annual gathering of ministers from all regions of the world for informal discussions in support of the negotiating process of the UN climate change convention.

According to the European Commission, this year’s Dialogue comes at a crucial time right after the UN climate talks held in Bonn on May 8-18 and ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit to take place in Taormina, Italy, on May 26-27.

This year’s dialogue, entitled “Working together on Solutions”, will address the challenges and opportunities ahead for implementation of the global Paris Agreement on climate change, in terms of both mitigation and adaptation and also sustainable development. The Dialogue will be chaired by Germany and Fiji, president of the upcoming COP23 climate negotiations in November.

In the margins of the main meeting, Cañete is expected to meet with members of the High Ambition Coalition – the alliance of developed and developing countries that were instrumental in securing a successful outcome in Paris.

He is also expected to meet with China’s Special Representative on Climate Change, Xie Zhenhua and Canada’s =Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.

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