German development minister refuses to travel to the UN Climate Conference, decries excessive CO2 emissions
The German federal minister for economic cooperation and development, Gerd Müller, criticized the 25th UN Climate Conference, the Conference of the Parties (COP25), taking place December 2– 13, 2019 in Madrid, Spain, and refused to travel to the event. Instead, his ministry will be represented by a small delegation.
Müller pointed out the hypocrisy inherent in the CO2 emissions of 25,000 people flying into Madrid, criticizing the large size of the event leading to inefficiencies, and the unnecessary frequency of the annual meeting. He emphasized that in its current form, the COP25 is neither modern nor environmentally friendly. In his view, the investments and commitments are in place, but actions must follow. He called for a more effective format focusing on technical solutions.
COP25 brings together political leaders from around the globe to discuss actions to mitigate climate change and to limit global warming to 2 degrees or at best 1.5 degrees annually, as determined by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.