Baerbock: Climate conference should herald end of oil, gas and coal

Germany’s foreign minister expects meeting in Egypt to be extended beyond Friday

Annalena Baerbock (l), Jennifer Morgan
Annalena Baerbock (l), Jennifer Morgan picture alliance/dpa

Sharm el-Sheikh (dpa) - The UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt must send signals for the phase-out of coal, oil and gas, said Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. She believes it is worth fighting at the meeting of around 200 states “for every tenth of a degree less global warming”. Baerbock added: “The freedom of future generations is at stake.” The foreign minister is heading the German delegation during the crucial final phase of the conference. The G20 summit in Bali, which took some far-reaching decisions on climate action – somewhat surprisingly in view of the many tensions and crises around the world – lent tailwind to the mammoth meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh. Baerbock assumes that the summit will not end on Friday as planned. “Unfortunately, we are not yet where we want to be at the end,” she said in Sharm el-Sheikh.