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Coronavirus - Africa: Education for all - pandemic threatens to increase inequalities

40% of low and lower-middle income countries have not supported disadvantaged learners during the COVID‑19 crisis

Presentation in Germany of UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report: Inclusion and Education Joint press release of the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Commission for UNESCO On 22 September 2020, the Federal Foreign Office, the…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Speech by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Libya at the UN Security Council (Video conference)

While doctors and patients on all continents were fighting to save human lives, hospitals in Libya were being bombed

By Heiko Maas Mr Secretary-General, Colleagues, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Six months have passed since the Berlin Conference on Libya. In those six months, COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. While doctors and patients on all continents were fighting to save human lives, hospitals in Libya were being bombed.…

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Coronavirus - Sahel: Statement by Foreign Minister Maas on food aid for people in the Sahel region

The Federal Foreign Office has this year made available a total of 10 million euros to the World Food Programme (WFP)

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (8 April) on the humanitarian situation in, and German food aid for, the Sahel region: In the Sahel region, more than five million people are at risk of starvation. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the food supply situation is likely to further deteriorate. Covid-19…

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Foreign Minister Maas on his trip to the United Nations in New York

Will also attend Security Council meetings on the conflicts in Libya and Syria

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today on his trip to the United Nations in New York: "All too often, the United Nations Security Council is blocked on key issues because its members fail to agree on a joint position. This unfortunately also holds true for the major crises and…

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Shining a spotlight on South Sudanese film: the Juba Film Festival

The fourth Juba Film Festival was held in the capital of South Sudan

A film festival in a country without cinemas: in December, the fourth Juba Film Festival was held in the capital of South Sudan. It provides a platform for young local filmmakers. The festival received funding from the Federal Foreign Office. Screening venues: residential neighbourhoods South Sudan gained independence from Sudan only in 2011,…

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Locust infestation in East Africa: Germany supporting emergency measures

Germany has made available two million euros for emergency aid to help tackle this infestation

The worst locust infestation in decades is currently destroying crops and pastureland in the Horn of Africa. There is a risk of famine in the region. Germany has made available two million euros for emergency aid to help tackle this infestation. Worst locust infestation in decades Swarms of desert locusts…

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New top EU diplomat: Josep Borrell pays his first official visit to Berlin

Maas and Borrell discussed what form the next steps towards a political process in Libya could take – and how the EU could continue to be involved

The EU has a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Josep Borrell. On 1 December he took up his post as Federica Mogherini’s successor. Today, Foreign Minister Maas met him at Villa Borsig on Lake Tegel on his first official visit to Berlin. Topics on the agenda: Libya,…

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Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis

What still needs to be done is to involve Libya’s neighbours and regional partners

Following the Berlin Libya Conference, the priority now is to implement the decisions adopted there. To achieve this, it is important to involve Libya’s neighbouring countries and the region. That is why Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Algeria and Tunisia. It is less than a week since the Berlin…

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Foreign Minister Maas before his flight to Algiers and Tunis

In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today before flying to Algiers and Tunis: "In Berlin we succeeded in persuading the crucial players to cease their support for the proxy war in Libya, thereby removing a significant obstacle on the path towards a political process. Nonetheless, many more obstacles…

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Berlin Conference on Libya

A conference of Heads of State and Government is now to be held in Berlin

By means of the Berlin Process, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas seek to support the peace efforts of the UN Special Representative to bring about an end to the conflict in Libya. A conference of Heads of State and Government is now to be held in…