International environmental policy is particularly important in times of increasing globalization and covers a number of issues: climate protection, sustainable energy policy, preservation of biological diversity and the conservation of forests, seas and soils. Further related topics are desertification, sustainable waste management and protection against hazardous substances. Nearly all these issues need overarching strategies to ensure that environmental protection is considered in other policy areas.
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Ausblick über Landschaft mit dichtem Baumbewuchs
Press International | 04.12.23

COP28: How to strengthen global natural climate action?

Ministers and high-level state representatives discussed barriers and opportunities for enhancing political leadership and implementation of at-scale nature-based solutions ahead of the conclusion of the first Global Stocktake.

Flagge mit COP28-Logo vor blauem Himmel
Press International | 29.11.23

Germany at the Climate Change Conference

The 28th Climate Change Conference (COP28) takes place in Dubai under the presidency of the United Arab Emirates.

Steffi Lemkes und Herr Huang RunQiu schütteln sich die Hand vor einer Fotowand
Press International | 01.11.23

Sino-German Environment Forum generates momentum

Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke praised the results of the 7th Sino-German Environment Forum held in Taicang, China.

Steffi Lemke steht mit Teilnehmerinnen des Womens Leader Lunch in einer Reihe
Press International | 30.10.23

Steffi Lemke strengthens cooperation with China

Steffi Lemke is visiting China from 30 October to 2 November to strengthen German-Chinese cooperation on the environment and nature conservation.

Press International | 20.10.23

Federal Environment Ministry supports reconstruction in Ukraine

Minister Steffi Lemke takes part in international conference in Kyiv to support Ukraine in its recovery efforts and in tackling environmental issues.

Gruppenbild von der Weltchemikalienkonferenz – ICCM5
Press Chemical Safety | 30.09.23

Adoption of Global Framework on Chemicals

Bonn Declaration for global sustainable management of chemicals and waste sends strong political signal. Representatives from around the world have adopted a new Global Framework on Chemicals.

Press Chemical Safety | 24.09.23

ICCM5 opens in Bonn

The fifth World Chemicals Conference (ICCM5) will be opened in Bonn by Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke. The conference aims to establish a global commitment to safe chemical management.

Steffi Lemke und eine Frau in der Menschenmenge
Press International | 28.07.23

High and lows at the meeting of the G20

For the first time, the G20 devoted special attention to forest conservation. The ministers agreed on better cooperation to protect water and combat global plastic pollution.

Illustration einer Weltkugel mit Fokus auf Europa
Press International | 25.07.23

Steffi Lemke strengthens environmental cooperation with India

The ministers will discuss the climate, biodiversity conservation, marine protection, water supply and circular economy and agree joint goals.

Press International | 16.04.23

G7 countries set ambitious goals for environmental protection

The meeting of the G7 environment, climate and energy ministers concluded with a communiqué that sends a strong message in the fight against biodiversity loss, plastic pollution and the climate crisis.

Press Marine Conservation | 06.03.23

Historic breakthrough on ocean protection

The international community successfully concluded negotiations for a new treaty to protect the world's oceans at an intergovernmental conference in New York on Saturday evening.

Press International | 19.12.22

Montreal moment for nature

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) adopts new global biodiversity framework aimed at halting the destruction of nature and reversing biodiversity loss.


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