Germany is aiming to underscore its pioneering role in climate protection: the German Government has applied for Bonn to become the seat of the new Green Climate Fund’s headquarters (GCF). Germany is the world’s second largest contributor to climate projects. By accommodating the head office of the GCF in Bonn, Germany wants to assume suitable responsibility in the fight against climate change. The new fund, which is based on an initiative of the signatory states to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is regarded as a central new building block in global financing for climate protection and combating climate change. The aim of the fund is to make finance available to emerging and developing economies thus enabling them to make their economies more climate-friendly and to develop strategies for adapting to climate change.
The German Government thinks that Bonn would provide the fund with an excellent environment. Close collaboration between various UN organizations already takes place in the city: 18 larger and smaller organizations, programmes and offices belonging to the international community of states have been located here since 1996 – including some that are active in the fields of environmental and climate protection. Where exactly the GCF will take up residence will be decided at the end of 2012 in Qatar during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. “Germany’s energy turnaround and our offer to accommodate the Green Climate Fund in Bonn underscores our willingness to take on global responsibility,” says Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier.
The ambitious objectives passed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 in the Agenda 21 action programme have only been partially achieved. But there are encouraging examples around the globe, as Germany’s overseas broadcasting company Deutsche Welle shows in its multilingual multimedia project “Voices of today – Ideas for tomorrow”. Deutsche Welle is highlighting the background of the Rio + 20 Conference with reports from around the world and presenting innovative projects and ideas for sustainable development.
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