Over the course of this unique festival in Munich, which takes place annually from mid-September until early October, some 1.75 million gallons of beer and hundreds of thousands of pork sausages and spit-roasted chickens are consumed by over six million visitors from around the world. The popular Oktoberfest has been celebrated for over 200 years and inspired many similar festivals around the world, all modeled on the Bavarian original. In Africa you can cherish this truly traditional German experience at large festivals in Windhoek, Namibia, Nairobi, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa (Pretoria and Cape Town).
Oktoberfest 200 years and still going strong
Together with the German Football League (DFL), Deutsche Welle (DW) has kicked off a special program just in time for the start of the Bundesliga season. DW will broadcast worldwide short statements made by selected international players for the Bundesliga.
Deutsche Welle features Bundesliga stars
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) and German Deputy Ambassador Friedo Sielemann signed an agreement on August 26 that will enhance the protection of human rights defenders in Kenya. Germany contributes more than 132,000 Euro to projects aimed at preventing cases of violence, intimidation or harassment of human rights defenders across the country.
Empowering Human Rights Defenders
German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences on August 20 with a speech on economic policy. In front of an audience of 17 participating Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences and more than 450 young economic scientists from over 80 countries, the Chancellor emphasised the importance of policy counselling by scientific experts.
Merkel opens Nobel Laureates meeting in Economics
After the fall of the Wall, people in Germany couldn’t wait to get rid of its remains. They wanted the time of division – including all its symbols – to become a thing of the past. As a result, the Wall, which divided East and West for over 28 years after its construction began on 13 August 1961, has largely disappeared from Berlin. When the realisation came that commemoration requires a location, it was almost too late. Only a few fragments still remain, such as the East Side Gallery, and these have now been linked into a tangible memorial landscape.
The Berlin Wall in the world
Germany has established a “Climate Finance Readiness Programme” intended to support developing countries and emerging economies access funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda all benefit from this support. Recently, a two-day “Climate Finance Readiness Leadership Programme” took place in Lusaka as part of this initiative.
Lusaka hosts climate finance readiness programme
The German Environment Minister is confident about the adoption of a new climate agreement, noting the Petersberg Climate Dialogue showed the international community's willingness to negotiate a comprehensive climate agreement over the next 16 months "has increased tangibly." The upcoming special UN Climate Summit on September 23, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will provide more momentum to the process.
Support for new international climate agreement
It's good news for young professionals in Africa: Germany's exciting initiative to promote exchange between African future leaders and German Industry, Afrika Kommt!, will take place again 2014-2016. This will be the third consecutive session of the programme since it was launched in 2008, offering professional training for young, future managers from sub-Saharan Africa.
Afrika Kommt! 2014-2016