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The world climate conference in Egypt begins on Sunday. Instead of big goals, it’s about damage limitation. How did it come to this?
Dhe dimensions are gigantic: over the next two weeks, more than 40,000 participants, including around 100 heads of state and government, will make a pilgrimage to the 27th United Nations World Climate Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) will represent Germany. From Sunday on, they will try to tackle humanity’s task of curbing global warming as much as possible.
But that’s about it for superlatives. Because while the venues Kyoto (1997), Paris (2015) and Glasgow (2021) were still associated with the hope of a global breakthrough in the fight against rising greenhouse gas emissions, the goals are now much more modest. “In Sharm el-Sheikh it’s about building a relationship of trust again,” says Otmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, of the FAZ. That sounds strange, “almost like a therapy session, but that’s exactly how it is.” Climate protection is not simply a problem of coordination, but above all of cooperation. “Politics must focus on this.”