The aim of German development policy is to help us move closer to the vision of a world in which all people can live in freedom, dignity and safety – a world without poverty, fear and environmental destruction. Guided by the principles of human rights, we aim to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to help themselves and take responsibility for their own future.
As the highest federal authority in this field, BMZ plans and coordinates German development policy. Our focus is on bilateral cooperation with partner countries and non-governmental organisations. BMZ is also committed to promoting the interests of developing countries at European and international level. It commissions various ‘implementing organisations’ to carry out specific projects. These include the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG). In turn, these organisations work with local project executing agencies.
“Cities are the dynamic centres of growth of our time. The opportunities and challenges of sustainable development in our world are concentrated there. The list of such challenges is long. They include – to name but a few – the challenge of providing adequate housing and quality of life for everyone, the challenge of protecting the climate and controlling air pollution, through to the challenge of integrating migrants and refugees. At the same time, cities are places of transformation, with great innovative potential. This means that cities have a key role in shaping sustainable development. That is why, in my view, urban development must be a key development issue. In hosting the 2016 German Habitat Forum, Germany's development cooperation community wants to make a significant contribution towards finding solutions that will make our cities sustainable in the future.”
Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
Berlin is a member of the international association of major cities Metropolis. The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, is a co-president of this network and, as such, is responsible for positioning 138 cities from around the world in the Habitat III process. Mr. Müller represented the network’s position already at the 2nd Habitat III preparatory conference in Nairobi.
(Speech by the Governing Mayor of Berlin)
Berlin advocates giving the cities an active role; this is the only way to ensure that the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations is filled with life and substance.
“Berlin is especially pleased to be working with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to organize the German Habitat Forum 2016. This kind of cooperation is exemplary especially with regard to the New Urban Agenda. In addition, sustainable, participative urban development can be experienced up close and in person in Berlin. National states will only manage to secure and promote livable conditions for people in metropolitan areas if they work in concert with the cities. That’s why I’m glad to be a co-host of the Forum.”
Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin
The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. It is located in the UN City of Bonn. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between research, policy advice and training. Being theory-based, empirically driven and application-oriented, DIE’s research provides the basis for the consulting activities of the Institute. DIE develops policy-relevant concepts, advises ministries, governments and international organisations, and refers to current policy issues. DIE has an own working group focusing on migration and displacement issues.