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As Germany’s G7 Presidency of 2022 gets underway, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action are inviting civil society stakeholders to share their views on the German Presidency Programme. In a joint kick-off event, State Secretary for the Environment Stefan Tidow and Climate State Secretary Dr Patrick Graichen will encourage civil society groups from across the population to engage in the G7 process right from the outset. It will provide a forum for a public and transparent debate on issues in the fields of climate/energy and the environment. The public event on Thursday, 27 January will highlight the importance of civil society engagement in the context of the G7 Presidency.

Germany will use its G7 Presidency to reach a consensus among major industrialised nations and democracies on ambitious targets to be pursued – including their concrete implementation – with a view to climate change mitigation, environmental protection and the energy transition.

Active civil society engagement is crucial to this process. Therefore, a close and early involvement of key stakeholders in the G7 process is to provide impetus and ideas for possible courses of action.

The centrepiece of the event will be a dialogue between State Secretaries Stefan Tidow (Federal Environment Ministry) and Dr Patrick Graichen (Federal Economic Affairs Ministry) with representatives of the officially mandated G7 engagement groups from the fields of Business, Civil, Labour, Science, Think, Women and Youth. The engagement groups have been invited to voice their expectations of the 2022 G7 Presidency, which started in January, and discuss them with the State Secretaries. The conference will also feature keynote speeches by Professor Dr Johan Rockström from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Dr Musonda Mumba from the United Nations Development Programme. Sara Ahmed (Vulnerable 20) will offer a perspective from countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change and biodiversity loss.

The interactive event will be broadcast from the atrium (“Lichthof”) of the Federal Environment Ministry from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on 27 January 2022. The livestream can be accessed without prior registration via the following link.
Simultaneous interpreting will be provided into English.

Click here for further information and an agenda of the kick-off event.