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World climate conference in Katowice : Germany steps up climate aid for developing countries

With an emotional speech by the President of the world climate conference in Paris in 2015, Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday the delegates to the climate conference in Katowice to the Conscience, the agreement of Paris.

"Paris was never meant to be the end of a story, but as a turning point," he said. "In the name of millions of people, the hope of the agreement, I beg you to stay both the letter and the spirit of the agreement faithfully. This means faster, better, and to act together,“ said Fabius, with a view to the recent increase in CO2 emissions.

On Tuesday, started in Katowice, the two-day Talanoa dialogue of the conference. The conversation format is a continuation of traditions in the Pacific Islands: Each participant reports on his personal experiences, without putting others under pressure. The Talanoa dialogue is one of the many formats of the climate negotiations.

"It's always about people,"

In this case, it is the exchange of experience and examples of solutions to the most urgent questions. In may, the negotiators met in person roundtables and on the Internet everyone could contribute.

"We focus so much on data and statistics, but in the end it's always about the people," said the General Secretary of the framework Convention on climate change, Patricia Espinosa. "Behind each number is a person who cares about his family."

Concern is the current data of a report by Climate Action Tracker, a by the Federal environment Ministry-funded group of researchers are actually. Accordingly, the world is on the path to a warming of around three degrees, if you look at the voluntary self-obligations of States in the framework of the climate agreement.

direction 4.4 degrees global warming

however, Since many countries – including Germany – are lagging behind their goals, the world community is currently up to 4.4 degrees, a hot it in on Tuesday presented analysis. An adaptation to a strong warming would overwhelm the humanity, according to the unanimous opinion of the science completely.

environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) supported it, to discuss higher ambitions, said at the beginning of the discussions the Minister. However: "This discussion is also for Germany, is not easy. We see how challenging the Transformation to a climate-friendly society to a highly industrialised country,“ she said.

it was Decisive, as Germany avoids the use of lignite and coal in power generation. Climate protection can only be successful if the Concerns of workers in mining and the problems of the affected regions would be taken seriously.

A short-term increase of the CO2-reduction commitments as demanded on Tuesday in a Petition to the German top candidate of the Greens for the European elections Sven Giegold, but is very unlikely.

The Talanoa dialogue is a first balance, to go as far as the individual countries would be prepared. New Commitments do you need to give, but according to the time schedule of the Paris agreement in 2020. Until then, most Nations hold back with binding statements.

70 million for projects in developing countries

Germany is taking responsibility, Schulze a further 70 million Euro for the adaptation Fund, which supports climate projects in developing countries. The Fund has so far approved over 80 projects and programmes with a total funding volume of 532 million dollars.

Together with the Egyptian Minister of the environment Yasmine Fouad, the German environment Secretary of state Jochen Flasbarth in addition, the difficult negotiations on further financial commitments. In doing so, the $ 100 billion a year promised to developing countries at the climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, and to flow from 2020 onwards for five years.

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Nora Marie Zaremba

so Far, the industry-heavy countries, this means of appeal. At the same time, it is also about what happens after 2025, and which countries will then have to pay into the pot.

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