Germany wants climate losses put on agenda at UN talks

Oct 7, 2022, 12:14 PM | Updated: 12:24 pm
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, right, and her counterpart from Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto...

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, right, and her counterpart from Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari address the media after a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany wants the huge economic damage resulting from global warming to be discussed at this year’s United Nations climate talks, Germany’s foreign minister said Friday.

Vulnerable countries have long demanded that big polluters be held accountable for the effects that their greenhouse gas emissions are having around the world, including the destruction caused by extreme weather and sea level rise resulting from rising global temperatures.

But rich nations that account for the majority of planet-warming emissions since the start of the industrial era have largely opposed efforts to formally debate the ‘loss and damage’ issue for fear they might have to pay climate reparations.

Last year’s U.N. climate talks in Glasgow failed to reach agreement on establishing a special fund for loss and damage.

Speaking after a meeting with her counterpart from Pakistan, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the recent devastating floods in the South Asian nation had shown “what dramatic consequences the climate crisis is having in all regions.”

“As one of the hardest-hit countries worldwide, Pakistan is paying a high price for global CO2 emissions,” Baerbock, a member of the environmentalist Greens party, told reporters in Berlin.

“That’s why Germany will work toward a fair sharing of the costs at the COP27 in Egypt, putting the question of climate adaptation, but in particular also the question of loss and damage, on the agenda,” she said.

Germany’s climate envoy, former Greenpeace chief Jennifer Morgan, and Chile’s environment minister, Maisa Rojas, have been tasked with finding common ground among nations ahead of the U.N. climate talks next month in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Germany is also giving Pakistan a further 10 million euros in flood aid, taking its total commitment to 60 million euros, Baerbock said.

Pakistan’s foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said the “biblical floods” had affected 33 million people and at one point a third of the country was underwater. Many roads, hospitals and farms in Pakistan were destroyed.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that Pakistan was “on the verge of a public health disaster” due to the risk of diseases such as cholera, malaria and dengue fever, while malnutrition also was spiking after the floods.

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              The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses the media during a joint press conference after a meeting with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
            
              German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock addresses the media during a joint press conference after a meeting with her counterpart from Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
            
              German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, right, and her counterpart from Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari address the media after a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
            
              German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, right, and her counterpart from Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari address the media after a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Germany wants climate losses put on agenda at UN talks