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14.09.2020 Tropical Forest Day on 14 September

14. September 2020 - 12:00
Tropical Forest Day on 14 September is an opportunity to draw international attention to the destruction of rainforests. Since 1990, an estimated 420 million hectares of forest have been lost – an area nearly as big as the EU. The loss of original rainforest is particularly dramatic. German Development Minister Müller said: "We finally have to stop the destruction of forests. To that end, we also have to build deforestation-free supply chains. Agriculture accounts for some 80 per cent ...
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09.09.2020 Grüner Knopf textile label celebrates first anniversary

9. September 2020 - 9:00
One year ago, German Development Minister Gerd Müller joined forces with 27 pioneers from the private sector to launch the Grüner Knopf (green button) label, a government-run textile certification mark. The label gives consumers clear guidance as they buy textiles produced in accordance with social and environmental standards. Minister Müller said, "Notwithstanding the difficult economic situation, the label has become established in the market. I am pleased that as many as 52 ...
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07.09.2020 COVID-19 crisis: Germany supports two million textile workers in Asia and Africa

7. September 2020 - 14:00
As part of its Emergency COVID-19 Support Programme, the German Development Ministry (BMZ) is supporting over two million workers in textile factories in Asia and Africa. In consultation with the German Labour Ministry, it was agreed today that the International Labour Organization (ILO) would be mandated to stabilise the economically important textiles sector in seven countries that have been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to implement measures aimed at offering employees ...
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22.08.2020 Minister Müller on Earth Overshoot Day 2020: Exploitation of creation has contributed to COVID-19 crisis

22. August 2020 - 11:00
Earth Overshoot Day falls on 22 August this year. Earth Overshoot Day is the calculated date on which humanity's resource consumption for a given year exceeds our planet's capacity to regenerate those resources. German Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "We need a radical change in mind-set in the global economy in order to better protect humans and the environment. Our goal must be to push the date of Earth Overshoot Day further and further back every year, even without events such as ...
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03.08.2020 Atrocities committed against Yazidis must not be forgotten, says Development Minister Müller

3. August 2020 - 13:00
Six years ago, the group calling itself Islamic State began its atrocities against Yazidi people in Iraq. On the anniversary of the sad events, German Development Minister Gerd Müller stated: "Yazidi women and men have gone through immeasurable suffering. Girls and women were raped, enslaved and forced into marrying IS terrorists. 360,000 Yazidis were displaced from their home region. Most of the displaced are still living in camps for internally displaced people in northern Iraq – ...
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29.07.2020 COVID-19 pandemic: German Epidemic Preparedness Team hands over 1.4 million tests to the African Union

29. Juli 2020 - 15:00
German Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "COVID-19 is a long way from being beaten. Across the globe 17 million people have been infected with the virus. In developing and emerging countries in particular the numbers are rising rapidly. Our neighbouring continent, Africa, has been reporting some 20,000 new infections every day – that is twice as many new cases as there were one month ago. South Africa, with 450,000 confirmed infections, is already 5th on the global list of ...
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14.07.2020 Federal Ministers Heil and Müller: "Now the Coalition Agreement will come into play for a supply chain law. The aim is finalisation before the end of this legislative term."

14. Juli 2020 - 15:45
Today the results of the process to monitor the implementation of Germany's National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights were presented to the Interministerial Committee. There are 7,300 larger-scale German companies with more than 500 employees that are required to show how they ensure that human rights and social minimum standards are met in their supply chains....
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30.06.2020 Minister Müller: Refugee and crisis region around Syria still needs our support

30. Juni 2020 - 13:00
At the conference on supporting Syria and the region, 53 countries made their pledges for Syria and its neighbouring countries. Commenting on Germany's engagement, German Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "Ten years into the civil war, eleven million people in Syria and in the neighbouring countries that are severely affected by the refugee crisis depend on assistance from the international community. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the situation. In Syria, nine million people do ...
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25.06.2020 Minister Müller: Germany commits 150 million euros for cooperation with Sudan’s reform-oriented government

25. Juni 2020 - 15:00
Today the Sudan Partnership Conference is taking place, aimed at continuing support for the reforms the transitional government is pursuing. The virtual conference is being co-hosted by Germany, the United Nations, the EU and Sudan. Along with German Development Minister Müller, German Foreign Minister Maas and UN Secretary-General Guterres, World Bank President Malpass, IMF Managing Director Georgieva and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are expected to attend. Development Minister ...
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23.06.2020 German team of experts assists Peru

23. Juni 2020 - 14:00
Latin America has become a global epicentre of COVID-19. In order to provide swift assistance, the German Development Ministry today sent a team of experts and laboratory materials to Peru. German Development Minister Gerd Müller said, "Worldwide, nine million people have been infected with the coronavirus. 140,000 new infections are added to that number every day, the highest increase since the beginning of the pandemic. We have to do everything we can to contain the further spread of the ...
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16.06.2020 Germany helps African countries maintain drought insurance in view of COVID-19

16. Juni 2020 - 9:00
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the German government assumes premium payments of around 19 million euros for the drought insurance offered by the African Risk Capacity (ARC). This will reliably protect up to 20 million poor and vulnerable people in Africa against drought in the coming agricultural season and mitigate the risk of a compound crisis. ...
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10.06.2020 Securing a global leadership role on hydrogen technologies: Federal Government adopts National Hydrogen Strategy and establishes National Hydrogen Council

10. Juni 2020 - 12:15
Today, the Federal Government adopted a National Hydrogen Strategy for Germany. Hydrogen is key for decarbonising key German sectors such as the steel and chemical industries and the transport sector. Furthermore, hydrogen technologies have the potential to become a key field of business for German exporters. A flexible and target-driven governance structure is being set up to help consistently implement and further develop the strategy....
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04.06.2020 Gavi conference lays foundation for global immunisation campaign, says Minister Müller

4. Juni 2020 - 14:00
Commenting on the conference of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which is taking place today, German Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "At today's pledging conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, we are laying the foundation for a global immunisation campaign. This is about the biggest distribution of vaccines ever in record time. Fortunately, we will not be starting from scratch. The vaccine alliance is already doing an excellent job in fighting dangerous diseases, and it has built ...
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