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This year, Fiji holds the Presidency of COP23. It will take place in Bonn, the seat of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, from 6 to 17 November. The German government supports the presiding state in organising and implementing the biggest UN conference. Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth is meeting Fijian representatives as part of the conference preparations. more

Rara Lake in Nepal

The governments of Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan invited Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks for a visit from 2 to 8 April. The objective of the trip is to exchange views on forest development, nature conservation and climate action including bilateral meetings with the ministers of agriculture, forestry and environment of the two countries. more

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This year’s congress focuses on preventing further regional water crises. 140 national and international businesses are presenting their solutions for ecological water and waste water technologies. State Secretary Adler stressed during his opening address that the German water industry can help other countries implement the global sustainable development goal (SDG) on water and sanitation. more

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Around 40 ministers, CEOs, and trade unions as well as more than 300 sustainable development experts meet in Berlin for the second global forum on green economy. They are joined by renowned economists, including Jeffrey Sachs and Pavan Sukhdev, to explore ways of fighting inequalities and environmental degradation, based on the transformational goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. more

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On Germany’s initiative, the G20 countries were, for the first time, discussing the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources and raw materials. Representatives of the world’s 20 largest economies came together in Berlin to discuss resource efficiency. The talks were opened by German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs Matthias Machnig. more