The Ambassadors Conference for Germany's diplomatic leadership that begins today in Berlin, is the 14th meeting of its kind. Its agenda this year, as with those of previous gatherings, reflects a commitment to strategic discussion on the most critical issues of world politics – and Germany's role in them. For 2015, the implementation of outcomes from the year-long internal evaluation “Review 2014” will also be in focus.
Ambassadors Conference - past and present
A special feature begins this week as the GICs for Africa and Latin America begin coverage of the German Ambassador’s Conference 2015. Articles, videos and photos will appear on all online platforms, including two extraordinary live chats this week on Facebook with the Ambassadors of Mexico and South Africa. The 14th Ambassador’s Conference takes place August 24-27, in Berlin.
Coverage of Germany’s #AmbConf2015
Bilateral negotiations on development cooperation between Germany and Tanzania concluded on August 13 with 210 million USD being committed to the Tanzanian health system, to continuing support for the water sector and to the protection and conservation of biodiversity in Tanzania. The programmes are to be implemented over the next three years.
Health, water and biodiversity sectors supported
An East African Regional Forum on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression was held on August 11 in Kampala. The German Ambassador to Uganda participated in the event that examined many aspects of media freedom and, in anticipation of the need for responsible reporting for upcoming elections, launched a Journalists’ Manifesto 2016.
Regional press forum held in Uganda
The annual Young Euro Classic festival has begun at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, featuring the best fresh international orchestra talents. South African group MIAGI wowed the event in 2009 and then opened the festival three years later. Over 1,400 of the world’s best youth symphony orchestras perform August 6-23.
Young Euro Classic
Zimbabwe German Graphite Mines, a subsidiary of AMG Mining AG, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its graphite mine in Zimbabwe on August 7, with officials in the southern African country praising Germany for its economic co-operation with Zimbabwe.
Mining joint venture celebrates 50th anniversary
The German football league Bundesliga opens in its 53rd season on August 14 with the match of reigning champions Bayern Munich against SV Hamburg. As every year, Bayern remains the clear favourite for the league title. However, the competition, including Borussia Dortmund and last year's runner-up VfL Wolfsburg, are hot on the heels of their Bavarian rival.
Bundesliga season starts
In July, Germany may have had more solar power than nuclear power for the first time in history – much sooner than anyone expected. It was a close race, and nuclear is likely to retake the lead for the foreseeable future.
Solar energy in Germany