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Climate change: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Main findings of the IPCC AR6 WG II

Ministers and senior negotiators from representative countries gathered in Berlin for the 13th Petersberg Climate Dialogue from 17 to 19 July 2022. By invitation of the Governments of Germany and Egypt, Diana Reckien gave a keynote speech on the IPCC Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. The keynote was part of Session 3, Deep Dive: Adaptation + Loss and Damage of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.

This year, Ministers and State Secretaries from about 40 countries were present, including the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock. John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, was also there.

Since its inception in 2010, the Petersberg Climate Dialogue has provided a forum for high-level political discussions on climate cooperation ahead of the UN Climate Conferences. Convened just months before COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the Petersberg Climate Dialogues seek to facilitate dynamic and constructive exchanges between Ministers, laying the foundations for international cooperation and COP27 outcomes that give all parties the tools to accelerate implementation across key areas of the Paris Agreement.

The event was an excellent opportunity to disseminate the findings of the IPCC AR6 WGII Report.

The five key takeaway messages of the IPCC AR6 WGII Report
  • Impacts, losses and damages increase if we are not speeding up adaptation—and mitigation.
  • Nature offers significant untapped potential for adaptation. Combining nature and engineering approaches is most effective.
  • Investing in equitable health systems and social security has large and wider benefits for people and society.
  • In the GST, consider assessing wider benefits of adaptation, such as those related to the SDG.
  • Strong, flexible, and inclusive institutions, along with considerable finance are important enablers of adaptation.

“And, as a private person and professor from the University of Twente, doing a lot of research in Africa I add: I count on you. I am sure you can do it. You can do it.

Make bold suggestions on how to adapt and mitigate. Make these suggestions today. And follow-up and act on them tomorrow."

The German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock (right) and Diana Reckien, University of Twente (left)