Germany and India: Global partnership for climate protection
Successful conclusion of this year’s intergovernmental negotiations with Germany’s new commitment running into billions. On 30th November this year’s Indo-German negotiations on developmental and environmental future programmes took place under the leadership of Andreas Gies, Head of Department of Development Cooperation Worldwide (BMZ) and S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (MoF). Enlarge image Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney and S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (MoF) (© German Embassy New Delhi)
Germany committed 1.054 Billion Euros. Subsequent to this Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney already depicted the first international agreement of 211 Million Euros. In addition to that 9 bilateral agreements were signed with a total sum of 152.7 Million Euros. Under which there was also one on expansion of the ‘Green Energy Corridors’. With this Germany has fulfilled its given promise to provide 1 Billion euros for the expansion of the Indian grid integration of renewable energies ahead of schedule.
This year the focus of commitments was ‘sustainable urban development’ and especially the urban mobility. Both governments had signed a MoU for the promotion of this core area during the cabinet consultations in Berlin on 30th May and Germany had promised 1 Billion euros till 2022.
Germany associates a long friendship and a strategic partnership with India. Both G-20 members are known for their implementation of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, the Agenda 2030 and the aims of the climate agreements of Paris (Nov 2015). India and Germany take over the global responsibility.
For almost 60 years the Indo-German development cooperation is contributing to the betterment of the life conditions of hundreds of people in India. Germany is the second largest bilateral partner. Germany is supporting NGOs for decades in their daily fight against poverty and preservation of natural resources in India. Enlarge image Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney and S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (MoF) (© German Embassy New Delhi)
The German EZ is supporting the launch of a healthcare coverage, the public programme of the Indian government for the Ganga-Cleanup, the initiatives ‘Skill India’, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Clean India’. In March 2016 Germany assured its special support for Bhubaneshwar (Orisha), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and Kochi under the ‘Smart Cities Initiative’.
An essential pillar of the cooperation lies in the expansion and the renewable energies. The Indian government has set exemplary national goals for climate protection and for the expansion of renewable energies and simultaneously together with France has redefined India’s international engagement through the establishment of the ‘International Solar Alliance’ (ISA). Germany is a natural partner for the ISA. This way the German development cooperation is cooperating in around 75 countries with the main focus on Sub-Sahara Africa and Germany has great experiences in the solar- and wind technology at its disposal.