German environment state secretary canvasses for climate action in India
Germany's new environment minister Barbara Hendricks has declared international climate policy to be a top priority during her term in office. From the very beginning she has placed particular stress on the direct exchange of opinion with international negotiating partners. State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth is on a tour of US, India, China and Russia from 6 - 12 February 2014 for political talks.
State Secretary Flasbarth stated, "Our major target is to get the most important GHG emitters worldwide on board. The transformation of the energy system in Germany and our ambitious climate policy have attracted a lot of attention in these countries. We want to use our good bilateral cooperation to overcome persistent obstacles in international climate action."
In New Delhi on 11 February, Flasbarth met senior government officials in the ministries of finance and environment & forests. He also held consultations with Indian climate change specialists and German technical experts working in India.
The State Secretary is also meeting government representatives responsible for climate action and environmental protection in Washington D.C, Beijing and Moscow. In New York he had talks with senior representatives of UN and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
Talks primarily focused on an exchange of views on international climate action with a view to the planned conclusion of a new international climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. In addition, there have been discussions on direct cooperation in climate and energy projects and how this can be expanded.