Posted on 28 April 2020
BERLIN, Germany (28 April 2020) - The 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, co- hosted by Germany and the UK (as incoming COP Presidency), saw 30 ministers of environment, and German chancellor Angela Merkel, join via online video conference for high level discussions on how countries can emerge from the twin global crises of COVID-19 and climate change more resilient and more sustainable.
Responding to the comments by leaders at the end of the meeting today, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice said: “We must use this unique moment to ensure we tackle both global crises - COVID-19 and climate change - meaningfully.
“We need economic recovery packages that are sustainable and provide a platform for the system change necessary to advance climate action. Countries must reboot their economies by stepping up their climate action through accelerating the transition to renewables, funding sustainable industries and infrastructure, creating green jobs and greening supply chains.
“We support the UN Secretary General’s call to countries, especially to big emitters, to play their part and submit enhanced and ambitious national climate plans. It will be crucial for them to design their climate pledges and economic recovery packages hand in hand this year.
“Nature is essential to human health and well-being and it is also the foundation for a stable global economy. Making full use of nature-based solutions such as building sustainable food systems and protecting forests and ecosystems will be more important than ever.”
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