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Trump’s utterances on Paris Agreement worries Germany

Monday 22 May 2017 11:58

Lebo Tshangela

German Federal Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks and her Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua address media briefing ahead of Petersberg Climate Dialogue.

German Federal Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks and her Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua address a media briefing ahead of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.(Lebo Tshangela)

German Federal Minister for the Environment Barbara Hendricks says they are concerned about US President Donald Trump’s utterances about leaving the Paris Climate Agreement.

Hendricks addressed the media ahead of the 8th Petersberg Climate Dialogue which began in Berlin on Monday.

The Dialogues is being chaired by Germany and the president of the upcoming COP and Fiji President, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

Hendricks says Germany is trying to engage with America at all levels. She says the foreign ministry has met with the US to negotiate and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel is in telephonic communication with Trump.

“We still know that the US will make their decisions after the G7 or before, right now we don’t know. We hope our American counterpart will remain in this agreement.”

She has also praised China for establishing the world’s largest carbon market, decreasing coal consumption and has proclaimed that they will meet their Paris Agreement targets.

We will create 68 million jobs if we realise our carbon targets.

Chinese Minister of Environmental Affairs Xie Zhenhua says China has played a great role in the Paris Agreement.

“The Paris Agreement is a hard one, all dignitaries should stick to it and not walk away from it. Our leader has sent a strong signal that China will achieve the Paris agreement.”

Zhenhua says they are confident that they will achieve the 2020 targets and even extend their targets. “We will create 68 million jobs if we realise our carbon targets.”

The first Dialogue was held in May 2010 and initiated by Merkel as a follow-up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and in preparation for COP 16.

Representatives from all regions of the world gather at the Dialogue for informal discussions in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiating process.

South Africa is one of the countries which will participate in the dialogues.

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