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IN BRIEF akzente 4/156 IN FIGURES 124,000,000children and adolescents between the ages of six and 15 have never been to school or have dropped out, according to UNESCO’s most re- cent global report on out-of-school children. The 2013 figures show that the United Na- tions’ Millennium Development Goal of achiev- ing education for all cannot be attained, al- though clear progress has been made. One aspect of this development goal is to ensure that, by the end of 2015, all children are at least able to complete primary schooling. 6,000,000refugees were supported by GIZ on behalf of the German Government in conjunction with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2014. In 2014, more people than ever – some 13.9 million worldwide – sought ref- uge as a result of conflict or persecution. Of this number, 11 million were internally displaced within the borders of their own countries. 500,000workers worldwide – in 2012 and 2013 alone – now have better working conditions thanks to support from GIZ. Improvements include higher wages, freedom of assembly and protection against forced labour. 230,000,000hectares of forest were lost worldwide be- tween 2000 and 2012. This is equivalent to an area almost seven times the size of Germany. The protection of trees is vital: 1.6 billion people – mainly in developing countries – depend on forests for their live- lihood. PHOTO:GERMANFEDERALGOVERNMENT/STEFFENKUGLER Strengthening participation G7 FORUM FOR DIALOGUE ‘Women must play a bigger role in politics, business and society.’ This was the conclusion reached by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women, which was held at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin in September. At the G7 summit in Elmau in June, government representa- tives resolved, among other things, to in- crease by one third the number of women and girls who participate in vocational training projects in developing countries by 2030. Federal Chancellor Merkel in- vited 50 women from around 30 coun- tries, including journalists, scientists and representatives of civil society, to discuss how these resolutions can be implemented. Queen Rania of Jordan and Liberian Presi- dent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf were among those taking part in the dialogue. Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board, led a working group on the eco- nomic empowerment of women. ‘A great deal of economic growth potential is squandered if there is inequality of access to education, the labour market and im- portant resources such as loans,’ said Gön- ner. Exploring opportunities together: German Chancellor Angela Merkel with international guests GLOBAL FUND The Ebola epidemic once again highlighted the importance of strong health systems. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria wants to play a greater role in the development of such systems. GIZ is a key strategic and technical partner in the implementation of the Global Fund’s programmes, according to Viviana Mangiaterra, who travelled from Geneva to GIZ’s offices in Eschborn along Protection against disease with six other representatives of the Global Fund. ‘We are united in a strong partnership based on trust,’ emphasised GIZ Managing Director Cornelia Richter. The meeting aimed to identify further opportunities for both parties to work together. Taking Guin- ea as an example, they outlined opportuni- ties for cooperation. Together, GIZ and the Global Fund plan to examine how to coor- dinate the strengthening of health systems.