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From education for sustainable development to the climate crisis, and feminist development policy to conflict transformation: akzente addresses the many facets of international cooperation. National and international experts share their views and new perspectives.

Andreas Villar GIZ

‘Nature conservation and environmental protection are taken seriously here’

Costa Rica is Germany’s ally on climate issues. Ahead of the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference, we talk to Andreas Villar, coordinator of the GIZ Climate and Biodiversity Cluster in Costa Rica.
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Frauen mit Kanistern

‘Working hand in hand’

Somaliland in the Horn of Africa is a very fragile area. Project Manager Carola von Morstein explains why an integrated approach is the only way to tackle the challenges here.
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Martin Hansen

‘An amazing change’

Indonesia is one of the most stable countries in Asia. GIZ Country Director Martin Hansen explains the reasons for this stability and why the company continues to operate there.
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‘The high seas are essential for human survival’

‘The high seas are essential for human survival’

Marine conservation: Gunnar Finke and Jan Kleine Büning explain the new UN High Seas Treaty and its relevance for GIZ’s work.
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Doreen Bogdan-Martin

‘One thing is for sure: the risks of inaction far outweigh the human, economic and social costs’

An interview with the ITU-Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin on talent and how digital technologies can help to get back on track towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel

‘We need a global re-affirmation of commitment to the SDGs’

An interview with Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chair of the GIZ Management Board, on the mid-term review of the 2030 Agenda.
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Guillermo Pereira

‘For us, waste is valuable’

Three questions for Costa Rican Guillermo Pereira, founder and managing director of Fortech
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Carolina Tornesi MacKinnon

‘We can’t give up!’

Young people need to be more heavily involved in decision-making processes, says Carolina Tornesi MacKinnon, President of the World Youth Parliament for Water.
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Frauen arbeiten auf einem Feld

‘The right to food is the most violated human right worldwide’

Ralf Sanftenberg, Director of the Rural Development and Agriculture Division, talks about the mid-term review of SDG 2 and why he remains confident despite the challenges.
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Illustration of Dr Dessima Williams

‘Sustainability is a lesson of our history’

Grenada is promoting sustainable tourism, in line with SDG 12. Hotel owner and diplomat Dessima Williams explains what this involves.
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Housing for refugees

‘A historical chance to build a powerful region’

Lviv, revisited: In 2020, akzente spoke with its mayor Andriy Sadovyj for the first time. Since the Russian invasion, his world is a different one.
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Zwei Teilnehmer eines SEEG Einsatzes in Ghana, bereiten Proben zur Sequenzierung von SAR-CoV-2 vor

‘We’re paving the way for long-term change’

Norman Nausch is head of the German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG). He talked to us about the team’s current priorities and how they contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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