German activities

Supporting international organisations

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Germany lobbies to get international organisations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote environmental and social standards in their dialogues with developing countries.

In particular, Germany supports the work of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is the lead agency for promoting worldwide adherence to core labour standards. In May 2014, the BMZ and the ILO signed a cooperation agreement on the financing of ILO programmes in the Asian textile and garment industry. The projects concerned have helped to strengthen trade unions and promote social dialogue, with a view to increasing wage levels.

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