Charter for the future

Joining forces against poverty and hunger around the world – not just for Christmas

Minister Müller highlights new priorities for development policy

German Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller and Dr Bernd Bornhorst, the new chair of the Association of German Development NGOs (VENRO).

20.12.2013 |

Bonn – Dr Gerd Müller, Germany's new Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, stated: "Our central tasks for the coming years will be to fight pov­er­ty and hunger worldwide and to achieve the Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals." That is why he had some initial meetings in Bonn with Bärbel Dieckmann, President of the German NGO Welthungerhilfe, and with Dr Bernd Bornhorst, the new chair of the Association of German De­vel­op­ment NGOs (VENRO).

Commenting on the meetings, the Minister said: "Our assistance and solidarity for poor and hungry people should not be limited to Christmas. It is a constant ethical challenge – especially for us in the rich industrialised world. There are 900 million people in the world who are hungry. One in eight people goes to bed hungry every night. 2.6 million children alone die of malnutrition every year. We have a global re­spon­si­bil­i­ty, and we need to live up to that re­spon­si­bil­i­ty. Poverty and hunger are two sides of the same coin. Welthungerhilfe and the organisations united under the umbrella of VENRO are key partners for us. That is why it was im­por­tant to me to talk to both of them right after I assumed office."

Minister Müller also announced that he would seek to include as many civil society players as possible in a broad dialogue. He said, "De­vel­op­ment policy vitally depends on motivated people getting involved, taking action and moving things forward. This is true both for Germany and for our partner coun­tries. For Germany's de­vel­op­ment policy, we will therefore draft a charter for the future. The charter should be based on broad support and should provide guidance for us as we design Germany's de­vel­op­ment policy."

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