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19.11.2019 Minister Müller on the G20 Africa summit: Our offer for the private sector stands

19. November 2019 - 13:00
Commenting on the Africa summit taking place today with high-level representatives from twelve African countries, Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "At the last Africa summit one year ago we announced our intention of stepping up our support for German and African businesses, and our offer stands: a better enabling environment for investment in our reform partner countries. [...] With this package of support, German businesses are able to put a stronger focus on Africa. That is why I ...
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12.11.2019 Germany steps up its international efforts for family planning

12. November 2019 - 16:00
On the occasion of the World Population Summit in Nairobi, the BMZ has announced that it will step up its activities on family planning and that it will help set up new maternity centres in Cameroon, Malawi and Niger. German Development Minister Gerd Müller commented: "As development policymakers, we [...] have to contribute towards reducing birth rates. We will only be able to make that happen if women can choose how many children they want to have. This requires gender equality, education ...
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17.10.2019 Minister Müller calls for continued World Bank focus on climate action and Africa

17. Oktober 2019 - 12:00
On the occasion of the World Bank Annual Meetings, German Development Minister Gerd Müller stated: "Global climate action, support for crisis regions and action to tackle hunger and poverty, especially in Africa – when it comes to addressing challenges to the survival of humankind, the World Bank is our key partner. In sub-Saharan Africa in particular, we are faced with great challenges. According to World Bank data, nearly 90 per cent of all people in extreme poverty will be living ...
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15.10.2019 "Food situation in crisis regions alarming" says Minister Gerd Müller on World Food Day 2019

15. Oktober 2019 - 14:00
German Development Minister Gerd Müller: "For the past three years, the number of people in the world who are suffering from hunger has been growing again and has now reached 820 million. This is a setback after decades of success in reducing hunger. In crisis-ridden regions in particular the food situation is deteriorating. The situation in and around Syria – now in its ninth year of war – is as serious as never before. The United Nations estimate that, in Syria alone, six ...
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11.10.2019 Minister Gerd Müller congratulates Abiy Ahmed on Nobel Peace Prize: "Abiy Ahmed is an example of courage for us all"

11. Oktober 2019 - 14:00
Minister Gerd Müller: "I extend my sincerest congratulations to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, two neighbouring countries that had been enemies for many years, was a historic achievement – comparable to the reunification of Germany. At the same time, since his election in 2018, Abiy Ahmed has been pushing reforms forward at an incredible speed that few would have thought possible."...
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10.10.2019 German Development Minister Gerd Müller says: "The fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is a battle that can be won – Germany is doing its part"

10. Oktober 2019 - 11:00
Commenting on the replenishment conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Lyon today, Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "The Global Fund is doing great work fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since it was established in 2002, it has saved the lives of 32 million people. In the countries where the Global Fund is operating the number of deaths from these diseases each year has been reduced by one third."...
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03.10.2019 German government steps up international commitment to support action on climate change

3. Oktober 2019 - 14:00
Germany is stepping up its international activities to strengthen climate action. In the supplementary budget for 2020 German Finance Minister Scholz is increasing the funding for climate action programmes of the Development Ministry by 500 million euros and of the Environment Ministry by 100 million euros. "I am happy that we are expanding our commitment to support action on climate change – the Finance Minister is sending a clear signal that we are strengthening the global dimension of ...
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23.09.2019 Germany provides 200 million euros in seed funding for World Bank loan programme for forest conservation

23. September 2019 - 16:00
At the start of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday, German Development Minister Gerd Müller launched a global forest conservation programme together with World Bank President David Malpass. The German Development Ministry (BMZ) is providing 200 million euros for this endeavour. In addition, the BMZ is making available 30 million euros for the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) and 20 million euros for indigenous communities, bringing its total new ...
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21.09.2019 UN summit week is all about climate and sustainable development

21. September 2019 - 11:00
Climate action and sustainable development are at the centre of the 74th UN General Assembly coming up next week. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has invited the international community to the Climate Action Summit and the Sustainable Development Summit from 23 to 25 September 2019. At both summits more ambitious commitments for climate and development policy are expected from the member states. German Environment Minister Schulze and German Development Minister Müller will be ...
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09.09.2019 Minister Gerd Müller introduces the "Green Button", a publicly endorsed textile label

9. September 2019 - 10:00
Today, German Development Minister Gerd Müller introduced the Green Button, a publicly endorsed textile certification mark. For the launch, 27 companies are already signed up. Another 26 companies are currently going through the process of scrutiny. Minister Müller: "With the Green Button label we are setting a high standard and we are showing that fair supply chains are possible. After today no one will be able to deny that any more. All the companies that have signed up to the new ...
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29.08.2019 Minister Müller visits Namibia: "It is our task to further strengthen the process of reconciliation"

29. August 2019 - 4:55
German Development Minister Gerd Müller today starts his visit to Namibia in the capital, Windhoek. His visit will focus on talks with the government and a meeting with representatives of the Herero and the Nama. Development Minister Müller said, "Thirty years after becoming independent, Namibia is a stable democracy. And Namibia is a special partner for Germany. We have a historical responsibility for Germany's colonial past in Namibia, and we accept that this means a special ...
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26.08.2019 German Development Minister Müller welcomes investment in fighting global diseases

26. August 2019 - 9:00
German Development Minister Gerd Müller today welcomed the decision to invest in fighting global diseases: "The German Chancellor has announced that Germany will invest one billion euros in the Global Fund over the next three years. Through this effort, we are reinforcing the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund's achievements to date are remarkable: last year, it provided nearly 200 million bed nets to prevent malaria. This has been one factor in the halving of ...
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24.08.2019 German Development Minister Gerd Müller calls for G7 rainforest protection programmeüller fordert ein Regenwaldschutzprogramm der G7-Staaten

24. August 2019 - 0:00
German Development Minister Gerd Müller: "Just sending tweets that the forest is burning does not help anybody. Along with China, the G7 countries are among the world's biggest carbon emitters. At the G7 summit in Elmau in 2015, leaders therefore agreed to invest, from 2020, an annual 100 billion dollars in climate action in the countries most affected by climate change. Now they urgently need to deliver on that promise. Germany will meet its commitment, providing an additional 500 million ...
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14.08.2019 "More involvement in Africa is in Germany's interest" says Minister Müller on his way to visit Central and East Africa

14. August 2019 - 13:00
Development Minister Gerd Müller left today for Central and East Africa. Key topics during his visits to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya will be investment support, the fight against pandemics as well as climate and environmental protection. "Climate action, raw materials, investments to create more jobs – these are some of the issues that are of great public concern to us in Germany but are likely to be determined in Africa", said Minister Müller before ...
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