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Minister van Klaveren and German Chancellor launch Climate Club to accelerate compliance with Paris Agreement

Friday, December 01st 2023

In the context of the COP28 in Dubai, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alberto van Klaveren, with the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, led the launch of the Climate Club, an intergovernmental body co-chaired by Germany and Chile, which aims to accelerate compliance with the objectives established in the Paris Agreement.

This initiative was established at the G7 summit in December 2022, where Chancellor Scholz invited Chile to participate in January 2023. Its goal is to seek mechanisms to help achieve climate neutrality by 2050, with special emphasis on the industrial sector, through three pillars of action: coordinating ambitious mitigation policies, building international consensus on environmental issues and creating international alliances that encourage international action and cooperation to this end.

"Chile's participation in the Climate Club, co-led by Germany and Chile, demonstrates the commitment of our country to promote initiatives that seek to provide concrete solutions to the climate crisis, but also demonstrates the comprehensive dimension from which we are working as a government to address global warming, with the participation of several ministries," said Minister van Klaveren.

"Chile has a multilateral vocation that is recognized, so for us it is important to lead instances such as this one, which brings together international efforts on the matter," he added.

The Climate Club calls for a radical change in decarbonization, especially in the industrial sectors that are most difficult to abandon, starting with steel and cement, and promotes green industrial development through international cooperation.

The ceremony was also attended by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, among other authorities.

Other activities

During the day, Minister van Klaveren participated in the opening ceremony of the World Climate Action Summit, which for two days will bring together heads of state and governments from around the world in a series of high-level activities, including events on mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation.

Subsequently, the Minister participated in the signing of the non-binding Joint Declaration for Cooperation of the Bioceanic Corridor, between Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil with the United Arab Emirates, which aims to highlight the possibilities of cooperation and Emirati investment in the development of this infrastructure initiative.

The signing ceremony was also attended by the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; the Foreign Minister of Brazil, Mauro Vieira; the Foreign Minister of Paraguay, Rubén Ramírez Lezcano, and the Ambassador of Argentina to the United Arab Emirates, Jorge Agustín Molina.