New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany
Climate Change and Trade Minister visits Berlin
Hon Tim Groser, Minister responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations and Minister of Trade, visited Berlin 3-6 July 2011. The main reason for the visit was the Minister's attendance at the second Petersberg Climate Dialogue, held on 3-4 July. New Zealand was one of 35 countries participating in the Dialogue, which was co-chaired by Germany and South Africa. The Dialogue generated valuable discussions that will feed into the next UN climate summit (COP17), to be held at the end of the year in Durban.
While in Berlin the Minister also held bilateral talks with German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner, Environment Minister Dr Norbert Röttgen, and Economics Minister Dr Philipp Rösler and State Secretary Ernst Burgbacher. Topics discussed included the climate change negotiations and developments in bilateral and international trade. Climate change was also the topic of a meeting with Professor Dr Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
A particular point of discussion in these meetings was the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. The Alliance, a New Zealand initiative launched in December 2009, now has 37 member countries, including Germany, working through five research groups to develop ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture while promoting food security. For further information on the Alliance visit the Alliance website.