Corona and Climate Change
Swedish-German panel discussion
The Corona pandemic has significant effects on climate change. The Embassy of Sweden and the United Nations Association of Germany (UNA Germany) invite to a discussion with the Swedish Climate Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin and Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Welcome by Per Thöresson, Ambassador of Sweden
Introduction by Isabella Lövin, Minister for Environment and Climate, Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden
Introduction by Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer, Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Professor at TU Berlin
Discussion with questions from the audience | Moderator: Christoph Schönherr, Scientists for Future, UNA Germany
The Corona pandemic and its consequences have significant effects on climate change and climate protection, nationally and internationally. On the one hand, national measures and restrictions to combat the spread of the Corona pandemic and an economic recession have led to significant decreases of CO2 emissions in many countries and sectors, e.g. through the decline of air traffic and decreased industry production. On the other hand, particularly in the initial phase, political focus in many countries tended to shift from long-term climate action towards short-term actions to combat the negative effects of the pandemic.
The discussions about economic recovery schemes for companies and sectors that have been affected by the pandemic have sparked fears of a backlash for climate protection. During the past months, a number of green post-Corona economic recovery schemes, e.g. in the European Union and some other countries, have partly countered fears that unilateral action could increase at the cost of international cooperation. Still the Corona pandemic has already had significant effects on international climate policy and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, e.g. through the postponement of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow to November 2021.
In this digital event the Swedish Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin and Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, will discuss which lessons we can learn from the pandemic when addressing the climate crisis. They will also enter in a digital dialogue with you on what we can do to create more sustainable and climate-friendly societies in the years to come, when we recover from the pandemic: Will we succeed in rebuilding our economies and create more sustainable societies? What steps have Sweden and Germany taken and what can the two countries learn from each other? What role should the United Nations play to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement during and after the Corona pandemic and create a new momentum for climate action?
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Event held in English.
Part of the European Sustainable Development Week.