German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) delivers her speech on May 23, 2017 in Berlin at the Petersberg Climate VIII Dialogue event. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kay Nietfeld

Germany and Fiji, the two countries leading the global climate negotiations this year, on Tuesday, called on the world to continue fighting climate change, despite uncertainties over the participation of the United States moving forward.


There is a need for a “global alliance” of states and various sectors in the path towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during the high-level segment of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue VIII.

The German leader said the global community already made a “decisive step” with the Paris Agreement, but even with that, the world needs to “take necessary steps and measures to implement them.”

“We need a global alliance of all states that includes and involves all areas and sectors of our society,” Merkel said.

“We all feel the impacts of climate change… We are responsible for each other, we are liable for each other, we share a common destiny.”

Urging the international community to maintain “the spirit of Paris” – the 196-nation climate pact reached in late 2015 – she said: “I am still trying to convince the doubters.”

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who is also the incoming president of the COP23, said the “elephant in the room” – which is the uncertainty over the US’ participation – presented a challenge to climate negotiations.

However, Bainimarama said, even without the US, there is “considerable power” among the dialogue’s participants, as well as other countries, for a “decisive political action” on climate.