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|Berlin Summit on the Environment |
|Dates||2–5 April 2010|
|Venue||Berlin Conference Center,|
Kingdom of Germany
The Berlin Summit on the Environment (German: Berlinumweltgipfel) was a four-day international conference held in Berlin between 2–5 April 2010. Organized by the Imperial Government of Großgermania, it sought to bring together representatives from all United Nations-recognized states, as well as numerous unrecognized states to discuss global warming, water scarcity, and pollution. Original attendance plans proved too ambitious, however, and the Summit saw the representation of fifty-five states. The conference led to the drafting and signing of the Berlin Treaty on Environmental Protection and Preservation.
Of the states that participated, fifty of them were internationally-recognized countries. A total of twenty-seven states sent their Head of State or Government, while an overwhelming majority of the states that did not do so sent their environment minister or foreign minister. A stipulation of Großgermanian Minister of the Environment Adelinda Schmidt, who organized the summit, was that all participants sent plenipotentiaries with Full Powers as representatives. The conference, originally scheduled for February but postponed due to the Frankfurt Olympics, was held primarily in English and German, with translators provided by individual participating governments.
The Berlin Treaty, the signing of which concluded the Summit, was drafted by internationally-recruited legislators, lawyers, and environmental scientists prior to the Summit's original date, and was modified by the same group during the Summit as various specifics were discussed and voted on by the participating representatives. The Treaty went further than previous attempts at environmental conservation, such as the Kyoto Protocol, by imposing specific measures on primary and secondary industries in order to preserve natural resources and cut environmentally-harmful emissions. Specifics of the Treaty include:
- Mandating the use of scrubber systems by all industrial exhaust systems;
- Promotion through individual national legislation of the development and use of electric-, hydrogen-, and biodiesel-powered vehicles;
- Expansion of public transit services in high-population areas;
- Endorsement of environmentally-sound building codes;
- Protection of the natural environments of the lands of indigenous peoples, and the sponsoring of sustainable development programs for these areas under indigenous direction;
- Protection of wetlands, rainforests, cloud forests, jungle, and glaciers through the use of protected areas legislated at the national level;
- Implementation of energy conservation and carbon neutrality programs aimed at capping greenhouse gas emissions at par with the gross domestic product (megatonnes per billion euros) by 2020;
- Provision of funds for the implementation of these provisions by developed nations to developing ones; and
- Creation of the Berlin Treaty Organization to facilitate and ensure compliance with the Treaty.
All states with representatives attending the Summit signed the Treaty. The first states to ratify it were Großgermania, Disparu, Slovakia, and Eyríki Jökulmær, all doing so within one week of the Summit's closing. Since then, thirty-eight other attendee states have ratified the Treaty.