Under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers took place on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, September 25. After their consultations the G7 partners published a joint statement on the threat posed by the terrorist militia group ISIS, the Ebola epidemic and the crisis in Ukraine. Following this a meeting took place in the Deauville format – here too, the situation in the Middle East was at the top of the agenda.
G7 foreign ministers meeting
Technologies and Pathways for the Energetic Use of Biomass
The lecture series and summer school on bioenergy, presented by Dr. Ludger Eltrop (Visiting professor from the University of Stuttgart) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology earlier in September, will also be presented in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Johannesburg from September 30 to October 3. Energy researchers, students, engineers, policy makers and consultants in the bio-energy sector (solids, liquids, gasses) are the target audience.
Bioenergy lecture series and summer school in Johannesburg [pdf, 465.17k]
Vinu Nair is on his way to represent young South African innovators at the Finale in Berlin, Germany on November 8, following his winning presentation on September 12 at the Falling Walls Lab in Johannesburg. The Falling Walls Lab is an annual event that provides a platform for young researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and professionals to share their breakthrough ideas, research and prototypes which have the potential to shape our society in the foreseeable future.
Falling Walls Lab 2014
The first international Climate Day was celebrated on September 9 with a panel discussion on ''Climate Change and Development'' at WITS University. The event, which has been jointly organized by the German Embassy and the British High Commission, was opened by Vice-Chancellor and Principal of WITS Professor Adam Habib.
Climate Day panel discussion at WITS
A multimedia campaign for the film “Liberty Train” was launched on September 1 by deutschland.de. The online magazine is running a special blog to accompany the docu-drama on the journey of GDR embassy refugees from Prague. The series commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with new online entries appearing throughout September.
Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall: “Liberty Train”
The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago inspired many South Africans, just as the end of apartheid 20 years ago inspired many Germans. Both events changed the face of the globe for the better. The German government and the German people wholeheartedly congratulate all South Africans on the 20th anniversary of the new South Africa and we invite you to join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
20 Years Democracy in SA/25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall
The German-South African Binational Commission, chaired by the South African Deputy President and the German Vice Chancellor/Foreign Minister, is held every two years, alternating between Berlin and Pretoria. The two partner countries debate global challenges and coordinate possible collaboration in various fields of mutual interest.