Bundestag and Bundesrat ratify Paris Climate Agreement
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On September 22nd, the German Bundesrat joined the Bundestag in ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, which is the first-ever internationally binding framework for a global energy revolution. This represents an important step on the path toward achieving carbon neutrality and mitigating the effects of climate change. Federal Minister of the Environment Barbara Hendricks is confident that Germany's action will be mirrored on the EU-level very soon. As of Sept. 22nd, 60 countries have ratified the agreement. It is expected to take effect in Germany in early October.
Click here to read more about Germany's Ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement [pdf, 281.38k]
Germany offers THW assistance to improve UN Peacekeeping missions
High-level representatives from nearly 80 countries met in London on September 7-8 to strengthen UN peacekeeping missions. The central issue of the meeting was how to make UN peacekeeping missions more efficient and responsive. To this end, Germany has offered technical and logistical assistance from the Agency for Technical Relief (THW), which peacekeepers and UN police can use to more quickly achieve their mission: to protect the civilian population, secure the delivery of humanitarian aid and support political processes.
German Mission commemorates World Humanitarian Day with Film Screening
To commemorate World Humanitarian Day on August 19th, the German Mission and UN-OCHA co-hosted a film screening and discussion of “Watani, My Homeland”, a moving and powerful testimony of the hardships endured by the Kassmou family as they escape war-torn Aleppo to find refuge and start a new life in Germany. The screening was shown to a full house, which participated in a lively discussion afterwards with the Kassmou family themselves (pictured above), German director Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
The German Mission mourns the passing of Professor Karl Hinz
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It is with deep sadness that the German Mission to the UN reports on the death of Professor Karl Hinz, who passed away on August 8th in Hannover at the age of 82. Karl Hinz, professor of geology and geophysics, was a former member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and played a leading role in its work during the first five years of the Commission’s existence. His encyclopedic knowledge of the ocean floor contributed significantly to the scientific and technical guidelines for the delineation of the outer limits of the continental shelf.
Karl Hinz will be remembered by fellow members of the Commission as an outstanding scientist and human being. The Commission held a commemorative meeting to honor the life of Professor Hinz on August 15th, during which heartfelt condolences were expressed to his family.
Germany Reports on Implementation of 2030 Agenda
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The adoption of “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was a milestone in the recent history of the United Nations. This comprehensive and universal Agenda is an expression of the conviction that global challenges can only be tackled through concerted efforts and by systematically applying the principle of sustainable development across all policy areas and in every country. Promoting sustainable development is one of the German Government’s fundamental goals in all its activities. Germany can already look back on a tradition of sustainability: the government’s first National Sustainable Development Strategy was presented in 2002. Germany committed to an ambitious implementation plan for the Agenda from the outset. At the summit in 2015, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany would report on implementation at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2016.
Click here to read the full Report of the German Federal Government to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2016 [pdf, 1,825.47k]
German Cabinet Adopts White Paper on Security Policy
The new White Paper On German Security Policy And The Future Of The Bundeswehr was adopted by the German cabinet on July 13th. The document will serve as a strategic guideline for German security policy in the coming years and is the first such publication since 2006. The text also addresses Germany’s goal to make the UN system more robust, to strengthen the UN, and to enable it to perform its tasks more efficiently.
Please click here for full text of the German White Book on Defense [pdf, 4,555.13k]