1. Dehorned female rhino and male rhino Germany at the UN: Taking up fight against poaching
  2. The Oktoberfest in Munich Oktoberfest beer tents
  3. Music in Africa launches directory for the African music sector Music In Africa portal launches directory for the African music sector
Dehorned female rhino and male rhino

Germany at the UN: Taking up fight against poaching

The German Foreign Minister and the President of Gabon will jointly chair a high-level luncheon today at the UN Headquarters in New York on “Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking.” The main goal of the event will be to gain momentum for action by the international community to combat poaching and wildlife trafficking.

The Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest beer tents

Although everyone knows the Oktoberfest in Munich, hardly anyone appreciates the fine distinctions between the different beer tents – a brief typology.

Music in Africa launches directory for the African music sector

Music In Africa portal launches directory for the African music sector

Pan-African music information and exchange portal www.musicinafrica.net (Music In Africa) is pleased to announce the launch of its much-awaited online directory for the African music sector. Music In Africa is an initiative by Siemens Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut, together with partners from across Africa.

Electric recharging point

Weekly Feature: The Electromobility Showcase

The German government made a decision three years ago to undertake steps to support electromobility. This has been accomplished by means of a promotional programme called “Electromobility Showcase”,  that integrates the technologies into large scale demonstration and pilot plans in specific regions. Through close cooperation between industry, science and government, innovative elements of electromobility will be tested and generate public awareness.

A team from Médecins Sans Frontières distributing gloves to the families of Ebola patients in Guinea

German Government increases aid for fight against Ebola

In view of the dramatic situation in West Africa, an interministerial meeting on Germany’s engagement in the fight against the Ebola outbreak was held at the Federal Foreign Office on September 19, headed by State Secretary Markus Ederer. Besides supporting the United Nations emergency mission, the state secretaries agreed on the following tangible steps measures.

Beethovenfest performance

Divine Sparks at the Beethovenfest 2014

The City of Bonn celebrates its most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven, with a host of concerts from September 6 to October 3. Beethoven was a headstrong thinker, a fighter by nature and a musical revolutionary. Tourists from all over the world flock to his hometown  and internationally-renowned musicians perform at the annual music festival. This year’s motto is "Divine Sparks."

Frau trinkt etwas vor einem PC

More and more female start-up activity in Germany

The percentage of females founding their own businesses in Germany reaches a new record high. Self-employment offers women with children the chance to return to working life. Start-up projects by women are just as sustainable as those set up by men.

Sidist Kilo Martyrs Monument in the Ethiopian capital

Future Memories conference in Addis Ababa

The three-day conference “Future Memories” in Addis Abeba, seat of the African Union, is all about art, its significance for collective cultural memories and their various forms in contemporary African urban environments. The conference will take place September 16-18, 2014.

Library of the university of Heidelberg

Heidelberg voted best German university

The Ruperto Carola University of Heidelberg has defended its top position in the recently published QS World University Ranking 2014: As was the case last year, it is once again Germany’s no. 1 university. In addition, Ruperto Carola University has moved up one notch in the international comparison and is now places 49th in the league of top universities worldwide.

East Side Gallery in Berlin

The Berlin Wall in the world

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.

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Country of the Week Profiles

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The GIC Africa's Country of the Week series features individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. In the third edition South Africa is in focus. For five days, articles covering many aspects of bilateral ties with the African nation, from culture, politics and economics to  development cooperation, are in focus on the GIC pages. Here are all articles of previous countries, amongst them Kenya and Uganda!