Foreign Minister Baerbock at the climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh
Negotiations are stalling in Egypt. A final declaration is not in sight – although the conference should end on Friday. Now, as usual, she will probably go into overtime.
GAmbitions can hardly be any bigger: all the negotiation days at the world climate conference have names, Thursday was called “Solutions Day”. The almost 200 UN states in Sharm el-Sheikh are still a long way from such a deal, although a final document should be in place by this Friday.
That’s probably why, as usual, we’ll go into extra time. “Ambitious results at a climate conference have never been so difficult,” said Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) on “Solution Day” in Egypt, “but they have never been so important.”
A few sparse elements are now known that the final document could include, but there is still no template. The focus is on the well-known goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by the year 2100. The text also includes the reaffirmation of Glasgow’s 2021 decision to start the coal phase-out. Other fossil carriers are not mentioned.