Development, Environment and Sustainability

Desert in Africa.

Desert in Africa., © colourbox


More than one billion people in the world – almost one in five – have to live on less than 1.25 US dollars per day. Every day thousands of young children die of hunger and illnesses. Poverty reduction is therefore a cornerstone of Germany's engagement at the UN.

The German Government is committed to peace, freedom, democracy and human rights, to fighting poverty, to a fair structure of globalization, to the preservation of the environment and natural resources. One of the most important instruments to reach these goals is development cooperation. Germany is one of the world’s biggest donors. The German Government has almost doubled its budget for developmental assistance in the last ten years.

Every day, thousands of people die of hunger, from preventable diseases, or from violence and war. More than one billion people of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, earning less than US $1.25 per day. Every year, 13 billion acres of forest are destroyed- approximately one-third of Germany’s surface area - leaving animal and plant species and whole ecosystems irretrievably lost. Due to its universal character, the United Nations offers the best conditions for reaching solutions acceptable to all. This is why Germany is committed to the United Nations and integrally shapes its work in all areas. Emphasis is being placed upon cooperation with the various United Nations funds and programs, the implementation and continued progression of the Millennium Development Goals and the follow-up to the decisions of major international conferences such as the Rio+20 Conference of 2012 or the Monterrey Conference on financing development.

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