Germany's Diplomacy to Pivot Toward Fighting Climate Change

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s diplomatic priorities will tilt towards addressing the specter of local weather change as one of many key international challenges of the twenty first century, Germany’s overseas minister introduced Wednesday.

Overseas Minister Annalena Baerbock, a member of the environmentalist Inexperienced Get together, stated Germany’s 226 diplomatic missions worldwide will grow to be “local weather embassies.”

It will require some “reorganization and reallocation of assets,” she stated, together with with the appointment of a brand new German local weather envoy, the previous Greenpeace chief Jennifer Morgan.

The announcement Tuesday that Morgan would tackle a senior authorities place prompted some grumbling in Berlin, together with from opposition politicians who questioned why an American activist had been chosen for the submit.

Baerbock dismissed the criticism, saying Morgan was the right particular person for the job.

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Morgan stated she deliberate to make use of her prolonged expertise inside the environmental motion and assume tanks “to assist and additional the targets of Germany and the EU worldwide.”

“The power transition is a transparent comfortable energy of Germany’s, and I’ll actively use it,” she stated, referring to efforts by Europe’s greatest economic system to part out nuclear energy this yr, finish coal use by the top of the last decade and use solely renewable power by 2045.

Morgan stated switching right into a senior authorities submit — her American counterpart will likely be U.S. local weather envoy John Kerry — after lengthy criticizing international locations for failing to do sufficient to curb local weather change was “a singular likelihood” to pursue a difficulty she’s centered on for 30 years.

Baerbock stated she would lead Germany’s delegation to this yr’s U.N. local weather convention, being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November.

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