1. Wüstenblidung Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn
  2. 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
  3. Antarctica - mountains and sky Ross Sea finally declared world's largest Marine Sanctuary

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.

Antarctica - mountains and sky

Ross Sea finally declared world's largest Marine Sanctuary

A highly significant step towards global marine protection has been reached. NZ and 25 countries, among them Germany, have agreed in creating the world's largest marine sanctuary of over a 1.55 million km2 in Antarctica's Ross Sea. After 6 years of difficult and lengthy deliberations, all 25 member states accepted the proposal put forward jointly by Germany and New Zealand.

German Enviroment State Secretary in Fiji in Preparation of the World Climate Conference

Enlarge image Jochen Flasbarth (l) with the winner of the COP 23 logo competition Maria Pastorizo-Sekiguchi, PM Voreqe Bainimarama and runners-up Mark Philitoga and Shiristy Singh (© German Embassy Wellington) The State Secretary at the Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic  of Germany, Mr Jochen Flasbarth, visited the Republic of Fiji from 11 to 13 April 2017 to discuss the upcoming 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is to be held in Bonn in November 2017, and for bilateral discussions. The 23rd session will be under Fijian chairmanship.

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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]

WWI-Commemoration in Otaki

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy was among the many people who attended a commemoration ceremony in Otaki on 10 March 2017.

Ambassador presents Letter of Credence in Fiji

German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Fiji Islands from 5 to 8 March 2017 on the occasion of presenting his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to President of the Republic of Fiji, HE Jioji Konusi Konrote.

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).

Global Media Forum 2017

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2017

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The Deutsche Welle is staging the 10th Global Media Forum in Bonn from 19 to 21 June 2017.

The conference, which is supported by the German Foreign Office, will have "Identity and Diversity" as its theme. Media representatives from around the globe - among them many from Deutsche Welle's partners - will have a chance to discuss topics such as the blurring boundaries between our professional, national, family and private identities, increasing isolation and fear of the unknown and the role of the media and politicians in promoting diversity.

The forum is conducted in English and participants from over 130 countries are expected to attend.

More about the conference

German Government funds new Fire Service Equipment for Rarotonga

Enlarge image (© G Thiedemann) The German Embassy has contributed approx. $14,500 towards new equipment for the Teimurimotia Volunter Fire Rescue brigade in Rarotonga. The project was completed in November 2016 and coincided with a visit to the Cook Islands by German Ambassador in Wellington Gerhard Thiedemann. The donated equipment included fire general fire fighting equipment, new hose reels, couplings/cartridges and fire hoses. The funds originated from the German government's Small Scale Projects Programme.

"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).

Symposium "The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy" symposium at Te Papa

Signing the treaty in 1919 Enlarge image Signing the treaty in 1919 (© dpa/picture alliance) A symposium on the legacy of the First World War is being held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa from 25 to 28 April 2017. A line up of international guest speakers, including experts from Germany, will talk on the key events influencing the war and the ways in which its legacy is still felt in many areas of life today.

Find more information on the symposium here .

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.

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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.

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The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel