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Climate crisis: Who must bear the burden?

This is the first panel of the @BonnGlobal series in the framework of #UNBonn25, jointly hosted by SÜDWIND Institute and Germanwatch

Who should pay for climate protection and climate adjustment? What is the role of cities in tackling the climate emergency? How can they shape a climate-just future together and with other stakeholders? We provide answers to these questions from a wide range of perspectives:

Representatives of the City of Bonn and New York City (tbc) show the scopes of cities, Christoph Bals from Germanwatch presents the civil society’s perspective and Irene Knoke from the SÜDWIND Institute articulates demands from a development research point of view.

Finally, Peruvian farmer and mountain guide Saúl Luciano Lliuya represents a community directly affected by climate change: the glacial lake above his hometown Huaraz is growing and the risk of fatal flooding is imminent. Since 2015, Saúl Luciano Lliuya, supported by Germanwatch, has therefore been suing the energy giant RWE, Europe’s second largest CO₂ emitter, demanding that they take responsibility starting with financing protection for Huaraz and its people.

We work out how to break down the enormous global climate injustice to the city level. The goal is to find concrete measures and international cooperation paths for cities in climate protection. Viewers benefit from a diversity of perspectives, drawing from both the internationality and local experience of organizations rooted in the UN city of Bonn.


  • Ines Bresler, Communication Officer, SÜDWIND, Germany
  • Stefan Wagner, Head, International Affairs and Global Sustainability, City of Bonn, Germany
  • Christoph Bals, Policy Directors, Germanwatch, Germany
  • Irene Knoke, Research associate, SÜDWIND, Germany
  • Saúl Luciano Lliuya, Farmer and mountain guide, Peru
  • Hilary Meltzer, Chief, Environmental Law Division, New York City, USA
  • Monserrat Madariaga Gómez de Cuenca, Environmental Lawyer (Chile) and Researcher at University College of London, United Kingdom

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