Seven EU Member States Ratify Paris Climate Agreement
Representatives of the European Union and seven EU Member States deposited their ratification instruments with the UN office of legal affairs on October 5th, taking the ratification process for the Paris Climate Agreement above the crucial threshold of signatories representing 55 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Having achieved this criterion, the agreement is scheduled to enter into force after 30 days - just in time before the start of the COP22 meeting on November 7th in Marrakech.
Germany Serves as Vice-Chair in New Session of the Third Committee
The Third Committee of the General Assembly, dealing with social and humanitarian affairs as well as human rights issues, took up its work on October 4th under the chairmanship of the Colombian ambassador to the UN, María Emma Mejía. Germany will serve as vice-chair together with Indonesia and Poland in the coming weeks. At the outset of the negotiations, which are expected to last for eight weeks, the German Mission hosted a reception for delegates.
Learn more about the work of the General Assembly’s Third Committee here.
Bundestag and Bundesrat ratify Paris Climate Agreement
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On September 22nd, the German Bundesrat joined the Bundestag in ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, which is the first-ever internationally binding framework for a global energy revolution. This represents an important step on the path toward achieving carbon neutrality and mitigating the effects of climate change. Federal Minister of the Environment Barbara Hendricks is confident that Germany's action will be mirrored on the EU-level very soon. As of Sept. 22nd, 60 countries have ratified the agreement. It is expected to take effect in Germany in early October.
Click here to read more about Germany's Ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement [pdf, 281.38k]
Germany offers THW assistance to improve UN Peacekeeping missions
High-level representatives from nearly 80 countries met in London on September 7-8 to strengthen UN peacekeeping missions. The central issue of the meeting was how to make UN peacekeeping missions more efficient and responsive. To this end, Germany has offered technical and logistical assistance from the Agency for Technical Relief (THW), which peacekeepers and UN police can use to more quickly achieve their mission: to protect the civilian population, secure the delivery of humanitarian aid and support political processes.