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Bilateral political relations

Ethio-German relations have traditionally been close and friendly. The two countries established diplomatic relations on 7 March 1905, and in 1907 the German Embassy moved into its premises on a site provided by Emperor Menelik II, where it is still located today. German and Ethiopian leaders have visited each other's countries...

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Book of condolence for former German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl

On Friday, 16 June 2017, His Excellency Dr. Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, passed away.

A book of condolence was opened at the Chancery of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Addis Ababa between 20 and 22 June.

Visit of former German Minister of Justice, Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, in Ethiopia

Former German Minister of Justice, Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, visited Ethiopia in the beginning of May 2017.

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Minister Gabriel visits the African Union and Ethiopia

During his trip to the Horn of Africa, Foreign Minister Gabriel met on 2 May with representatives of the African Union the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

UNESCO Film Project

On 9 May 2017 the German Ambassador in Ethiopia, Joachim Schmidt, and Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki, Officer in Charge of UNESCO Addis Ababa signed the project-contract on “UNESCO film on biodiversity issues at Lake Tana”.

Never forget

Together with the Embassy of the State of Israel and many other Embassies and guests, the German Embassy commemorated on 10 February 2017 the victims of the Holocaust.

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany assumed G20 Presidency on 1 December 2016

The 20 leading industrialised countries and emerging economies account for almost two thirds of the world population, more than four fifths of gross world product and three quarters of world trade. The Summit of the Heads of State and Government was held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. Advisers to the heads of state and government, known as sherpas, are preparing for these meetings. In Germany all those involved – including various government ministries ‑ report to the G7/G20 Sherpa Staff in the Federal Chancellery. G20 deliberations take place in a confidential setting. The results of the discussions are recorded in a Leaders’ Communiqué, which has considerable political force. The G20 is the central forum for international cooperation on financial and economic issues. At their annual summits, which have been held since 2008, the G20 heads of state and government traditionally focus on issues relating to global economic growth, international trade and financial market regulation. The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors began meeting regularly in 1999. Other issues of global significance are often closely linked with economic questions. Examples include climate change, development policy, labour market and employment policy, the spread of digital technology and, topically, counter-terrorism. The range of issues now considered by the G20 thus makes for a broad agenda.

61 million Euros for acute crises in Africa

Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier promises UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Grandi, 61 million Euros for acute crises in Africa

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

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Germany’s guidelines for Africa

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Which strategy is Germany pursuing with regard to this rapidly changing continent? The Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa, developed by the Federal Foreign Office, set out approaches to taking opportunities, tackling risks and overcoming crises.

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National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights

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The German Government adopted the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights in its cabinet meeting on Wednesday (21 December). The goal of this Action Plan is to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Germany intends to become inclusive: With the National Action Plan to Implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Federal Government of Germany is setting a process in motion which will exert a major influence in the next ten years not only on the lives of persons with disabilities, but on those of everyone in Germany. The idea of inclusion, which is the central guiding concept of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will change our everyday culture.