Climate action: Commissioner Arias Cañete in Berlin for high-level global climate talks

On 22-23 May, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will be in Berlin 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. This year’s Dialogue comes at a crucial time right after the UN climate talks held in Bonn on 8-18 May and ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit to take place in Taormina, Italy, on 26-27 May. 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, Commissioner Arias Cañete will 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 will also meet with China’s Special Representative on Climate Change, Mr Xie Zhenhua and Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ms Catherine McKenna. More information on international action on climate change is available here.