German development minister cancels trip to Namibia

German Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) had to cancel a stop in Namibia during his travel to southern Africa due to a technical breakdown of his aircraft. He plans to make up for the trip, in order to talk with Namibian partners about the German-Namibian colonial history and how Germany can support the country.

Müller visited Malawi and Zambia as planned. He announced support to Malawi in the fight against poverty and pledged €8 million (US$9 million) to support the agricultural sector. In Zambia, Müller discussed with partners how the country can improve its use of resources and advance the fight against corruption.   

Press release – Tagesschau (in German)

Press release – ARD (in German)


German development minister travels to southern Africa

German Development Minister Gerd Müller is traveling to Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia to discuss how Germany can support the countries in strengthening economic and political reforms.

In Malawi, Müller discussed agricultural reforms with President Peter Mutharika and has committed to support the country with an additional €8 million (US$9 million) in development funds. The next stop is Zambia, where Müller intends to discuss measures to strengthen good governance and the fight against corruption with President Edgar Lungu. In Namibia, Müller will discuss the the German-Namibian past and will visit different projects supported by Germany.

Press release – Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

News Article - Deutschlandfunk


High-level stakeholder recommendations for EDCTP program published

At a September 2018 high-level meeting on the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP), the German, Portuguese, Swedish, and UK governments affirmed their commitment to a third EDCTP program. Meeting participants called for increased African financial contributions; for EDCTP to better build the case for investment in health research; for new models of engagement, increasing private sector partners, and community engagement. Participants called for a better rollout and population uptake of interventions; more focus on affordability; encouraging private initiatives and philanthropy to help leverage investments; combating corruption and improving transparency through 'open science' knowledge sharing; and addressing epidemic preparedness, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, and surveillance and monitoring to identify changing priorities and unmet needs.

News release – EDCTP

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France announces its priorities as president of G7 in 2019

French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian has offered details on the 2019 French presidency of the G7, which will culminate in the G7 Heads of State summit in Biarritz August 24-26. The central theme will be inequality, with a particular focus on pay, the fight against tax havens, social protection, education, gender equality, digital divide, climate change, global health, and environmental issues (biodiversity and protection of oceans). The French G7 presidency will also discuss peace and counter-terrorism, as well as promotion of fair trade and fiscal and development policies.

The G7 platform will be used to reinforce multilateralism through the inclusion of five international organizations and additional countries to the traditional G7 membership, such as South Korea, Australia, Mexico, India, and some African countries. Eight dates have been released for G7 ministerial meetings in 2019 on the following themes:

  • Foreign and Home Affairs (April 5-6)
  • Environmental Affairs (May 5-6)
  • Gender Equality (May 9-10)
  • Health (May 16-17)
  • Work and Employment (June 7)
  • Development and Education (July 4-5)
  • Finance (July 17-18)

Civil society will be included in the G7 preparation through separate preparatory meetings with NGOs (C7), youth (Y7), trade unions (C7), the private sector (B7), think tanks (T7), and scientific organizations (S7).

Website - French G7 presidency

News article - AFP (in French)

United Nations affirms Global Compact for Refugees

The overwhelming majority of 181 out of the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) at the General Assembly on December 17, 2018. The Compact aims to strengthen the international response and cooperation around refugee movements and to improve the lives of refugees and their host communities. It is a separate agreement from the newly adopted Global Compact for Migration and is led by the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

Germany is the sixth-largest host country for refugees worldwide and the second-largest donor to UNHCR. Germany already meets the key objectives of the Pact today and supports the GCR, voicing the need of multilateralism to meet global challenges.

Press release – Foreign Federal Office (in German)

Press release – UN News

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Germany announces €77 million for climate adaptation at COP24

At the UN climate change conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, announced that Germany will provide an additional contribution of €70 million (US$77 million) to the Adaptation Fund. The fund helps developing countries adapt to the harmful effects of climate change and finances concrete adaptation projects and programs in countries that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Germany is the fund's largest donor, with a total contribution of €240 million (US$265 million) to date.

News article – FAZ (in German)


Majority of UN member states adopt Global Compact for Migration

164 out of 193 UN member states have adopted the Global Compact for Migration, which was officially launched at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Compact is the first agreement negotiated between governments on international migration for safe, orderly, and regular migration. It is not legally-binding but rather a framework to enhance cooperation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed the Global Compact for Migration and acknowledges it as a milestone in international migration policies. She also voiced the importance of multilateralism in order to tackle global challenges in her speech in Marrakesh.

Press release – UN News

News article – Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected new party leader of German CDU

At the party conference of the governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU), party members elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the new party leader to replace Angela Merkel. Kramp-Karrenbauer won with a majority of 52% against her opponent Friedrich Merz. Kramp-Karrenbauer will replace Merkel as party leader immediately, however, Merkel will remain German Chancellor until the end of the legislative period in 2021.

According to opinion polls, the CDU gained in approval ratings following the election of the new party leader, and a majority of CDU supporters are in favor of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as party leader.

News Article - Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)

News Article – T-Online (in German)


Survey shows Germans are in favor of development cooperation

An online survey commissioned by SOS Children’s Villages shows more than two-thirds of Germans believe that development cooperation improves conditions in developing countries and that wealthy countries are obligated to provide such assistance. More than half of respondents, however, questioned the effectiveness of development cooperation, and only 8% donate to development cooperation. While the number of private individuals providing donations is decreasing in Germany in 2018, the absolute amount has increased.

Press release – SOS Children’s Villages (in German)

News Article - Handelsblatt (in German)


Germany increases 2019 development budget by €804 million

Germany has finalized its 2019 federal budget, which includes an additional €804 million (US$889 million) for the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This brings BMZ's budget to a total of €10.3 billion (US$11.3 million) in 2019. Almost half of the budget, €4.8 billion (US$5.3 billion), will be used for bilateral cooperation. The second major area of ​​expenditure concerns European development cooperation and contributions to the United Nations and other international organizations. These costs are estimated to amount to €2 billion (US$2.2 billion).

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