Through its activities, SPA reaches a wide target audience worldwide. Experience and lessons learned are taken into account in international discussions on climate policy implementation and the UNFCCC negotiation process. To improve a more turbulent geopolitical landscape, the EU doubled its efforts in climate diplomacy and political cooperation with major emitters outside Europe in 2017 to promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement. This led to the establishment of the SPIPA programme to mobilise European know-how for peer learning. The programme builds on and complements climate policy dialogues and cooperation with the main EU economies. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB), SPA supports with four components three (co-) initiatives created by the BMUB: the IKI NDC Support Cluster, the NDC Partnership and the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement. With one component, SPA specifically supports the development, improvement and implementation of UNDP adaptation goals in developing countries and uses the platforms already available under the above-mentioned initiatives as part of this process. Germany and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Climate Change and launched this bilateral dialogue as the “German-Chinese Climate Partnership”. The project was launched to support cooperation between the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The new phase of the project will start in 2018 in close coordination with the restructuring of the Chinese government. At this stage, the project aims to promote political dialogue and cooperation with Chinese partners domestically and internationally on climate change.
Part of the work will be to support the development and implementation of China`s medium- and long-term development strategies, i.e. to help the Chinese government strengthen the climate governance system. Domestically, the SGCP project supports the Sino-German Working Group on Climate Change and promotes the exchange of German experiences and best practices, including capacity building for the development of integrated climate and energy action plans as well as adaptation concepts for cities. . . .