- The XIII Petersberg Climate Dialogue begins Sunday 17 July, convening government ministers and Chief Sustainability Officers from over 40 countries to discuss climate finance, impacts, and mitigation.
- With four months until COP27, ministers can strengthen solidarity and rebuild trust between developing/vulnerable and developed countries, advance global climate action, setting up ambitious political vision for what remains of 2022.
What might happen?
The Petersberg Dialogue is a key moment on the road to COP27 for government ministers to share constructive proposals and explore options to increase ambition on loss and damage, adaptation, mitigation, and climate finance.
It can build trust with developing and vulnerable countries on climate promises. By having discussions in breakout groups and including CSOs, the Petersberg Dialogue is helping advance UNFCCC negotiations and ease tensions between Global North and Global South countries.
The political level of the conversation will also be raised, with many ministers attending, sharing concrete ideas and concerns to refine the vision for COP27.
- Loss and Damage: Following June’s UN climate technical meetings in Bonn and the G7, ministers need to show progress on a Loss and Damage package that includes both insurance and financing options. Under the UNFCCC context, advancing discussions on a possible agenda item at COP27 and the operationalisation of the Santiago Network are key elements. The Petersberg Dialogue also needs to address new funding arrangements outside the UNFCCC, such as the Global Shield and the V20 facility initiatives. Wider political signals are also needed on addressing Loss and Damage and ensure it has a dedicated separate category in climate finance.
- Adaptation: COP27 as an African COP requires concrete progress on adaptation. At COP26, developed countries committed to the doubling of adaptation finance by 2025. Now, an action plan is needed to establish how to deliver the 100 billion. On adaptation action, ensuring progress on defining a Global Goal on Adaptation and defining the next steps for the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh work programme will be key for COP27.
- Mitigation: As COP27 is a deadline moment for enhancing 2030 NDCs, ministers have the opportunity to discuss an ambitious implementation of the Mitigation Work Programme. Political signals from Petersberg are needed to shift away from fossil fuels – and ensure that the global energy transition is inclusive, and further partnerships are developed.
- Climate Finance: COP27 success depends on the delivery of finance pledges across the whole climate agenda. This includes progress on accessibility, accountability, and addressing gaps. Pledges should go beyond Loss and Damage and address the Global Goal on Adaptation, New Collective Quantified Goal, and the Global Stocktake, where countries should develop a package that would make tangible progress on climate finance for COP27.
Available for comment on Petersberg Climate Dialogue
Jule Könneke (EN, DE), Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics Researcher,
m: +49 171 68 101 53, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolina Cecilio (EN, FR, PT), Policy Advisor, Risk and Resilience,
m: + 32 497 49 69 68, email@example.com
Ines Benomar (EN, FR, IT), Climate Vulnerables’ Diplomacy Researcher,
m: + 32 490 11 33 19, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Scott, Programme Lead, Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics,
m: +44 (0) 7482 750 760, email@example.com
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