The German Government adopted the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights in its cabinet meeting on Wednesday (21 December). The goal of this Action Plan is to implement the United Nations ...
National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council
German Government gives over 2 Mio Dollars for health care in Rakhine
The Federal Republic of Germany has granted subsidies worth 1.85 million Euros (about 2.1 million US-Dollars) for humanitarian aid in Rakhine State. It will be used to improve strengthening and improving access to local basic health care structures.
Also conducting awareness raising campaigns on health topics in communities is programmed. In this regard, providing care to pregnant women and new mothers is a special focus.
The organisation of the project lies with Malteser International. The attribution will increase the financial volume of the project „Reducing the vulnerability of conflict affected population by ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in Rakhine State“ for the period from 1st June 2017 until 31st May 2020. The project has already been funded by the German Government over previous years. In the framework of this project, Malteser International assists directly to the local population in the crisis-ridden regions in northern Rakhine State.
Press Release Malteser [pdf, 274.5k]
Germany supports humanitarian relief efforts by the International Red Cross in Myanmar with 1 million Euros for
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Yangon is delighted to announce that the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has granted the International Committee of the Red Cross additional subsidies worth one million Euros for humanitarian aid in Myanmar. The attribution is meant to increase the financial volume of the project „ICRC Assistance, Protection, Prevention and Cooperation Activities (country-earmarking) in Myanmar 2017-2018“ already funded by the German Government in previous years.
In the framework of this project, the ICRC assists the local population in close cooperation in the crisis-ridden regions by offering relief, medical support, and social programmes such as visits of detainees.
The award of this grant once again proves the tight cooperation between the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Myanmar in the area of humanitarian aid.
Press Release in Myanmar [pdf, 286.78k]
Berlin Policy Journal
The past few months have sharpened the divisions between members of the EU more than any other crisis before. It is not the first time that onlookers have predicted the imminent end of the European Union, but the strength of centrifugal forces pulling it apart seem unprecedented.
In the new issue, Almut Möller (“The Disheartened Continent”) argues that Europe needs to focus on the values that unite its people to overcome the divisions tearing the continent apart. Ulrich Speck (“Player or Pawn?”) proposes a truly unified European foreign policy, and Andreas Rinke (“The Last European” – app only) describes the German chancellor’s efforts to keep the EU united. Mark Leonard (“Goodbye? Hello!” – app only) says that it is not Britain that wants to leave the EU, but a part of the British elite that is pushing the “Leave” campaign.
BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL is a bimonthly app magazine on international affairs, edited in Germany’s capital. Each issue sets a theme and reports on a diverse range of current and emerging foreign policy topics, aiming at making German and European foreign policy.
Published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)