1. Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 competition now open!
  2. Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn
  3. Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the new President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 competition now open!

"Falling Walls Lab" is an ambitious interdisciplinary competition especially targeting young innovative thinkers from the agricultural, medical, economic and arts fields. Applicants are asked to present an original and socially relevant project to a selected jury within a three minute period. Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates, junior professors and entrepreneurs are invited to apply. The Australian part of the competition, "Falling Walls Australia 2017", will take place on 12.09.2017 at the Australian Academy of Science Shine Dome in Canberra. New Zealand are also invited to apply. New Zealand applicants will be supported by the German Embassy in Wellington and the Royal Society of New Zealand. Applications have to be received by 12.06.2017 online (www.falling-walls.com/lab). The winner of Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 will receive a flight ticket and accommodation costs for the Lab Final in Berlin on 8.11.2017, when the overall winner will be chosen out of 100 international participants. 

Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn

Increasing desertification is becoming a growing global concern.  The Global Climate Conference 2017 (Conference of the Parties - COP) will take place in Germany, this year under the chairmanship of Fiji.  International diplomats, politicians and representatives from the private sector will convene in Bonn from 6 to 17 November 2017 to debate the issue. It will be the 23rd meeting of the UN Conference of the Parties. In addition, five other will committees are scheduled to get together within the overall framework, with an overall expected attendance of up to 20.000 participants.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the new President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany. The new Head of State, who is 61 years old, said in his acceptance speech, “Let us be courageous, then I won’t be afraid of the future!” On 19 March 2017, Steinmeier assumed office after being sworn in during a joint session of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.

Germany in the Pacific

Germany's engagement in Kiribati illustrates its commitment to playing an active role in supporting the region's development. The local marine college - operated mainly by the Hamburg-Süd shipping line - has provided thousands of Kiribati sailors with gainful employment.

#YouforG20 – deutschland.de is looking for your project!

 Enlarge image (© Auswärtiges Amt) Does your project support social engagement at the municipal level? Does it help to enhance gender equality? Does it protect the environment or the climate? Does it promote participation on the part of young people or foster social entrepreneurship? Anything that helps to improve people’s lives can be entered into the competition!

The best project will win 15,000 euros.

To take part, visit youforg20.deutschland.de/en

Pacific Island Media Journalism competition to win trip to “COP 23” conference

Enlarge image (© UNFCCC)

Please find below a link to information about a Pacific Island Media Journalism competition to win a trip to the “COP 23” conference in Bonn on 6 – 17 November. The competition will give ten journalists from the Pacific island region the unique chance to travel to and report from this year’s UN climate conference 2017:

Win-a-trip-to-the-UN-climate-conference-2017-in-Bonn, Germany

Logo of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association

Foreign Minister Gabriel at the "Liebesmahl" of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association

On 24 March, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel spoke at the German Asia-Pacific Business Association on the occasion of the 97th "Liebesmahl" in Hamburg. Also present were Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann and the CEO of the New Zealand German Business Association NZGBA, Monique Surges.

Download the speech here: Speech of German Foreign Minster Sigmar Gabriel at the Liebesmahl of the OAV [pdf, 105.86k]

Ambassador Thiedemann talks about Europe

Ambassador's Lecture "Facing Europe's Challenges 2017"

In an address at the National Centre for Research on Europe at Canterbury Universität in Christchurch on March 3, Ambassador Thiedemann shared his views on the challenges Europe is facing today. The Ambassador spoke about the Brexit, migration, the Euro, global terrorism and other international developments.

Ambassador Thiedemann Lecture Facing Europe's Challenges [pdf, 459.01k] (complete lecture).

"Farming for Biodiversity" Competition

Business man with a flowerpot Enlarge image Taking care (© dpa/pa/Design Pics) Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity is looking to identify and reward the most promising approaches to conserving biodiversity on agricultural lands. You could win up to $30,000 with additional side prizes for community/social impact, food security/nutrition impact, biodiversity impact and water impact. All finalists will attend a capacity-building workshop and awards ceremony in New York, NY, USA, with some of the biggest names in conservation and development.

Beyond that, we will offer in-country campaigning and technical trainings to help replicable solutions reach scale. Your idea could reach thousands of communities worldwide and help inform UN policy processes!

For more information, please click here .

Scholarship offered by German Ministry of Education and Research

 Enlarge image Please click here for a call by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of bilateral scienctific and technological cooperation between Germany and New Zealand (only in German).

Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann

Dear readers interested in Germany, dear fellow Germans, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the German Embassy and its website. I hope that through our internet services you will get a valuable insight into our country as well as our tasks and activities here in New Zealand and the South Pacific region. New Zealanders and Germans view each other with a great deal of mutual empathy and respect based on many years of friendly cooperation. Many Kiwis throughout their lives have developed connections to Germany or even speak the language. This makes them a unique bridge between our countries and our people.

Newsletter of the German Embassy Wellington

Tageszeitungen

Have you subscribed to our bi-monthly newsletter already?

If not, here is the link to our Newsletter archive and the latest publication which contains information about the bilateral relations between Germany, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

This new edition is a useful compendium for anyone seeking reliable, up-to-date information about Germany. The compact paperback provides facts and figures and covers many topics, such as history and culture, population and geography, the political system and the economy. Its companion volume Facts for You has young international readers in mind and focuses on education, green technologies, creative industries and sports, to name but a few.

Both books are available as PDF-Downloads

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel