German civil society calls on Merkel to pledge €700 million to Gavi for upcoming replenishment

Nine German civil society organizations (CSOs) joined forces to call on Chancellor Angela Merkel to announce an early pledge of €700 million (US$778 million) to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, taking place January 21-24, 2020.

Gavi will hold a pledging conference in June 2020 to mobilize resources for its upcoming five-year strategic period (2021-2025). As part of their campaign, the CSOs (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, Aktionsbündnis gegen Aids, Global Citizen, Kindernothilfe, ONE, Plan International, Save the Children, and World Vision) submitted a mock-up of a newspaper from the future titled ‘Good News 2025’ to the Chancellery and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The paper 'reported' on a world in 2025 where more children have been immunized due to Germany's increased contribution to Gavi.

Gavi has vaccinated 760 million children since it was founded at the World Economic Forum in 2000. Germany has been a major financial contributor supporting Gavi with €600 million (US$667 million) in 2015.

Position paper – Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (in German)

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German supermarkets sign voluntary commitment to fair supply chains

Following a campaign on fair supply chains led by Gerd Müller, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, big German supermarket franchises such as Aldi, Rewe, and Edeka signed a voluntary commitment to fair pricing for mangos, coffee, and bananas. The franchises committed to this initiative at Berlin's 'Green Week', an international exhibition of food, agriculture, and gardening industries from January 17- 26, 2020.

Müller has criticized Germany's cheap food prices, among the lowest in Europe due to fierce competition,  and advocates for a new German law on fair and sustainable supply chains.

News article – Morgenpost

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German EU Council Presidency to focus on initiatives for peace and security in Sahel Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that Africa will be a focus area of the German EU Council Presidency this summer. Initiatives for peace and security in the Sahel region will improve residents' overall well-being, she said, and reduce emigration in the long term.

Germany did not join the Anti-Terror Summit in Pau, France, on January 13, 2020, however, where France's President Macron welcomed five presidents from the Sahel region to discuss security and terror.

News article – Tagesschau (in German)

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Germany to continue development support to Iraq

Germany will continue providing development assistance to Iraq and will not withdraw development staff, following the US-led assassination of Iran's top military general, Ghassem Soleimani, and an Iranian reprisal against an American military base in Iraq.

Germany continues to advocate for de-escalation and diplomatic solutions. Refugee assistance and reconstruction of the country are focus areas for Germany's work in the country now.

Press release – BMZ (in German)


German development minister calls for new EU pact with Africa

The German minister for economic cooperation and development, Gerd Müller, wants to strengthen the role of Africa in the Green Deal plan put forward by Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU commission. In his perspective, energy, climate protection, food security, the fight against poverty, and improved trade relations in and with Africa should be a focus of the EU’s Green Deal. He added that the EU has to catch up with China in financing investments and innovation programs across the African continent.

Von der Leyen's Green Deal, presented in 2019, is an ambitious plan to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050 through new regulations, economic incentives, and investments.

News article - Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland


German development minister supports agreement on national climate package

The German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, signaled his approval of a renogotiated agreement between German states and the federal government on the national climate protection act, originally passed in December. The original agreement was revisited after weeks of friction over states' tax losses. The new agreement prices carbon emissions more highly than the first.

Müller sees the agreement as aligned with his intention to push for a more ambitious plan at the next UN Climate Conference 2020 in Glasgow, and for more EU investment and innovation programs in the renewable energy sector.

Press release – German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


German development minister hosts Ukrainian foreign minister for talks on strengthening bilateral ties

The Ukrainian foreign minister, Wadym Prystajko, visited Germany in December of 2019 to discuss the political situation in Ukraine since the 2014 conflict with Russia in the country's east and the increased development assistance from Germany in the intervening years. Currently, German development assistance in Ukraine focuses on financing housing for internally displaced people, caretaking of children, and the consequences of the 2014 crisis.

The ministers ultimately agreed to strengthen youth exchange programs between the two countries.

Press release – German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


Germany pledges US$18 million to ‘Education Cannot Wait’

During the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva on December 17- 18, 2019, the German federal minister for economic cooperation and development, Gerd Müller, announced €16 million (US$18 million) in funding for the multilateral education fund 'Education Cannot Wait'.

Minister Müller highlighted the fact that children suffer most from migration and flight and that education of refugees is important for their long-term development. The multilateral education fund 'Education Cannot Wait' supports two million children and adolescents across eighteen countries hit by crises and conflict.

Press release – Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (in German)

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German development minister Müller decries disappointing outcomes of UN Climate Conference

The German federal minister for development, Gerd Müller, shared his disappointment with the weak outcomes of the UN Climate Conference (COP25) and intimated that all industrialized countries need to act on their rhetorical commitments to finance adaptation measures in low-income countries by jointly providing US$100 billion to this cause annually. He states that Germany is doing its share to comply with the target and that it will deepen its collaboration on climate protection with low-income countries, especially those in Africa, in the establishment of green energy structures.

The participants of the COP25 in Madrid on December 2 – 13, 2019, despite a prolongation, failed to agree on the trade of CO2 emission certificates.

Press Release – Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (in German)

Press Release – Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (in German)


Germany strengthens reform partnership with Ethiopia

During his visit to Ethiopia in November of 2019, the German federal minister for economic cooperation and development, Gerd Müller, agreed on new measures with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to strengthen the two nations' reform partnership. These include a German-Ethiopian investment conference and a the establishment of a binational commission on research and agriculture. 

The reform partnerships of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) support reform-minded African countries in attracting German and European private-sector investments.

Press release – Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (in German)