Svenja Schulze was appointed Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in 2018. Before taking office, she was General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Between 2010 and 2017, she served as Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Svenja Schulze, a university graduate in German and Political Sciences, also worked as a business consultant with a public sector focus and was a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament.
“Cities and municipalities are instrumental for the success of our efforts to implement climate action and adaptation to climate change. Cities are home to more than half the global population and account for 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Collaboration at all levels of government and among all stakeholders is essential if climate action is to succeed. I am delighted that the International Conference on Climate Action, ICCA2019, is addressing a topic that before now received too little attention. We will join with government representatives, mayors and experts from all over the world to identify the structural obstacles to climate action, placing a special focus on cities. Together, we will develop ways to overcome these obstacles.”