German Embassy Pretoria is going solar
The German Embassy in South Africa is going solar! A total of 98 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the embassy building in Pretoria. Every month, the panels will generate around 4823 kWh. This can cover around a fifth of the embassy’s electricity usage. By comparison, with the 4823 kWh of energy generated by solar energy, embassy employees could brew around 159,000 cups of coffee a month!
Africa has a high profile in Berlin
“Africa has a very high profile in Berlin at the moment,” said Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. On June 12, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received representatives of African countries at the G20 Africa Partnership conference.
A Better Investment Framework for Africa
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wrote a byline article outlining Germany's objective to boost private investment in Africa.
Helmut Kohl was German Chancellor for 16 years. His term in office will always be linked to the happiest event in modern German history: following the peaceful revolution in the German Democratic Republic, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helmut Kohl managed to reunite Germany in peace and liberty after decades of division. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on June 16 of the passing of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl: "He was a great statesman, a great German politician and above all a great European.
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Wolfgang Niedecken, frontman of the Cologne rock band BAP jointly wrote an opion piece. Niedecken was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his charity work, the focus of which is Africa. On June 12, Niedecken and Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina performed at the German Foreign Office.
Former German president Horst Köhler is to be appointed new UN emissary for the conflict in the Western Sahara. Before, US diplomat Christopher Ross held the position.
The mathematician Gisèle Mophou from the Université des Antilles was appointed to the German Research Chair for Mathematics and its Applications at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Limbe, Cameroon. As the first female researcher to be awarded with a German Research Chair at an AIMS centre, Mophou would strengthen university education and research in mathematics in Africa.
The G20 states have undertaken to reduce the amount of waste in the world’s rivers and wastewater, and thus reduce the level of waste in our oceans. Meeting in Bremen the G20 states have adopted an action plan to address the problem of marine litter.
The B20 is part of the G20 programme and represents the entire G20 business community. In the B20, business representatives of the entire G20 develop joint recommendations and advocate specific policy-actions across the complete G20 agenda.
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