Climate action proved to be a ‘golden thread’ in 2021, woven through international diplomacy and fora including the G7, G20 and COP26. New climate action commitments and the Glasgow Climate Pact helped keep climate at the top of the geopolitical agenda and delivered a political lifeline to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees.
In 2022 the world looks to Germany, Indonesia and Egypt to maintain this momentum and switch to implementing the high ambition pledges and commitments made across last year’s multilateral milestones. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrown uncertainty into the multilateral agenda and added energy and food security crises to a growing list of challenges since the COVID pandemic. However, the urgency of the climate crisis reiterated in the IPCC’s new AR6 reports means climate action cannot wait.
Holding this year’s G7 presidency, Germany is committed to delivering “progress for an equitable world” and centred climate action across the five areas of action. The Elmau summit on 26-28 June will be the key political signalling moment where the G7 will set the tone for the climate action priorities to be carried through into 2023 when Japan will take over the G7 presidency.
Jörg Kukies, German G7/G20 Sherpa and State Secretary German Chancellery
Greg Hands, UK Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth
Dr. Kentaro Tamura, Programme Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Clare Shakya, Director of Climate Change Research, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Camilla Fenning, Programme Leader, E3G