Federal Government: The Alte Rathaus hosts ministers from around the world

At a reception, Mayor of Bonn Jürgen Nimptsch presented the city on the Rhine as the international location for sustainability and climate protection: “Bonn is the German UN City; efforts for sustainable development are bundled and global strategies are managed here,” Nimptsch said. He announced that Bonn has just been selected as the location for the Secretariat of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). He thanked all those who had voted for Bonn and welcomed their expression of confidence in the city.

Nimptsch also touched upon the current offer to host the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Federal Government is proposing Bonn as the seat of the GCF. The purpose of the GCF is to provide funding to developing countries to transform their economies on a climate-friendly basis and adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change. “I am confident that Bonn is the best location for achieving this compelling vision with the help of experts in the environment and development most effectively,” Nimptsch said. As a competent centre for international dialogue, Bonn has a dense network of national and international institutions which can further optimise the important work of the Green Climate Fund.

The Fund was created in 2010 at the 16th Climate Change Conference in Cancún. It will manage a significant part of climate change financing, which will increase to 100 billion US dollars a year by 2020. Germany, Korea, Poland, Mexico, Namibia and Switzerland are offering to host the Fund’s Secretariat. The decision on the seat of the Green Climate Fund will be taken at the end of 2012 by the 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Qatar.

Background:  “Durban Platform for Enhanced Action”

Another result of the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa is the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. In 2011, it was established in Durban by the 190 participating nations as a workplan for a new climate protection agreement. The Ad Hoc Working Group has been negotiating the conditions for a new climate protection agreement since the start of the year to push ahead with the process.

The plan is to conclude a new and comprehensive agreement on climate protection by 2015. The goal of the community of nations is to limit global warming to 2 or possibly even 1.5 degrees Celsius. The new agreement will apply to all nations, including the USA, China and India.

The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action aims to create a solid basis for acceptance of this unique global, comprehensive and legally binding agreement applying to all the contracting parties no later than 2015. This agreement should come into effect and be implemented from  2020 at the latest, ensuring continuity from the full implementation of the commitments at Cancún and the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

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