Lemke: COP outcome falls short of what is needed

Germany welcomes compensation fund, but disappointed overall by UN climate conference

Lemke: COP-Ergebnis bleibt hinter Notwendigem zurück
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Sharm el-Sheikh/Berlin (dpa) - The German government had hoped for further-reaching results from the COP27 UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke described the overall outcome of the negotiations as insufficient. “This is extremely bitter,” she said. On the other hand, she said the fact that the states had agreed on a fund to compensate for climate-related damage in the poorest and most vulnerable countries was an important step. “This was a success overall in terms of development policy, but we have to move forwards on the issue of reducing greenhouse gases. And progress on this is simply too slow,” said Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze. “A difficult climate conference has come to an end, with a result that cannot really satisfy us,” said Economic Affairs and Climate Action Minister Robert Habeck.

German climate and nature conservation organisations were disappointed by the outcome. The almost unanimous opinion was that there had been some important successes, such as the compensation fund, but that overall far too little had been decided that was binding in the fight against global warming.