WWF and German Climate Association Offer Free Online Course on Climate Change
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Germany Expands Military Support to UN Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System
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On September 7th in Bonn, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen symbolically handed over a package of military capabilities to Under-Secretary-General Lacroix in an effort to expand Germany’s support to UN Peacekeeping.
Germany will provide substantial capabilities to the Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System (PCRS), including headquarters staff, military observers, military police, maritime experts, mobile training teams, meteorological services, mine clearance experts, as well as a field hospital and air transport. UN Peacekeeping operations are an essential instrument in the global pursuit of peace and security. We need to create the best possible conditions for Peacekeepers to do their work. The military capabilities which the German Ministry of Defense is providing under PCRS will help achieve these conditions.
Click here to read an English translation of Minister von der Leyen’s speech in Bonn [pdf, 245.87k]
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel Marks 40th Anniversary of the Brandt Commission
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Forty years ago, in September 1977, the Independent Commission for International Development Issues began its work under the chairmanship of former Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt. It was commonly referred to as “Brandt Commission”. Its 1980 and 1982 reports contained visionary recommendations on core topics of global economic policy and political governance, including international trade, disarmament, migration, poverty, population growth and global institutions.
In particular, the Commission’s call for more shared global responsibility and a just world order was groundbreaking during the Cold War and bears repeating even today. The reports also laid the foundation for later high-level commissions and world conferences which ultimately led to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Accord in 2015.
Click here to watch a trailer on the Brandt Commission’s work
Horst Köhler appointed as UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for West Sahara
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On August 16th, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of former Federal President Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler as his Personal Envoy for the Western Sahara. He succeeds Christopher Ross who was appointed in 2009.
The Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra makes its Debut at the United Nations
On July 31st, the Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra performed a midday concert in the UN Visitors Lobby as part of their tour through the US. The Orchestra, comprised of 33 musicians between the ages of 12 and 22, is based in the German state of Hessen where they regularly perform in front of sold-out audiences.
In his opening remarks, Deputy Permanent Representative Jürgen Schulz noted that there are six official languages at the UN, but there is only one universal language which can be understood by all: music! Reflecting the musicians’ diverse ethnic backgrounds, the concert included pieces from different composers, such as the Russian Anatoly Liadov, the English composer Edward Elgar, Wolfgang A. Mozart representing Austria, as well as Béla Bartók from Hungary, and the American Elmar Bernstein.
View photos from the Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra concert here.