At the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech in 2001 (COP7), the international community agreed to establish a climate adaptation fund, which was then launched in 2007. The Adaptation Fund celebrated its tenth anniversary at the 2017 Climate Change Conference (COP23), which was held in Bonn under the Fijian presidency – a good time to reflect on past successes and future developments.
While the ongoing Fijian COP23 in Bonn and the coalition negotiations in Berlin capture media and public attention, Germany quietly released a self-review of their own fossil fuel subsidies as part of the G20 peer review process. The G20 fossil fuel subsidy review, pioneered in 2016 by US and China, is currently the only concrete step to make progress on the group's pledge from the 2009 summit in Pittsburgh to phase-out “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that increase wasteful consumption”.
Russia, the world’s third largest oil producer, is caught between two futures: diversify its fossil fuel based economy in response to changing energy markets and the end of the raw super cycle, or to restore Russian positions in fossil energy markets. While Russian leadership is torn on the subject, the future of the 1.5 degree goal hinges on the direction the nation will take.
Climate policy in Turkey is shaped by the country’s fossil-fuel based energy strategy, while domestic demand for more ambitious climate action is weak. Current energy market dynamics and joint G20 strategies to align markets with the Paris Agreement might, however, provide impetus for change. Turkey displays similar traits with other emerging economies: Above the global average GDP growth rate, increase in energy demand and GHG emissions, and a yet-to-decouple correlation among these three indicators. Yet, there are discrepancies as well.
For the first time, Canada has a framework that brings the federal government, most provincial and territorial governments, and all major economic sectors together on a shared path of climate action. This puts Canada into position to join other countries in showing significant international climate leadership. After the recent G7 Summit outcome in Taormina, the upcoming Canadian G7 presidency will be decisive to push climate action forward.
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Real nameHead of Division - German and European Low-Carbon Policy+49 (0)30 / 57 71 328-85
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Real namePolicy Advisor - Development Banks and Climate+49 (0)30 / 57 71 328-31
Real nameSenior Advisor - Climate Finance and Adaptation+49 (0)228 / 60 492-11
Real nameHead of Division - Corporate Accountability+49 (0)30 / 57 71 328-44
Real nameSenior Advisor - Agricultural Policy and World Trade | Project Leader - Climate-Friendly Agriculture+49 (0)30 / 57 71 328-43
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Real nameHead of Division - Education for Sustainable Development, Promoter for Climate & Development in North Rhine-Westphalia+49 (0)228 / 60 492-26
Real nameSenior Advisor - Climate Risk Management
Coordinator - Climate Foreign Policy and G7+49 (0)228 / 60 492-48
Real nameHead of Division - International Climate Policy+49 (0)228 / 60 492-25
Real nameSenior Advisor - Climate and Transport+49 (0)228 / 60 492-14