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More development policy efforts worldwide to tackle the root causes of displacement

German Development Minister Gerd Müller speaks with ONE director

Federal Minister for Development Gerd Müller meets Bono, singer of the band U2 and cofounder and member of the board of directors of the development organisation ONE.

Press release of 23.09.2015 |

Berlin – The refugee crisis, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and development policy as it relates to health were the main topics that German Development Minister Gerd Müller discussed with Bono, lead singer of the band U2 and co-founder and member of the board of directors of the development organisation ONE.

Minister Müller applauded Bono’s development policy activities:

"Bono is a strong voice calling for more development policy activity across the globe. What is happening right now, with hundreds and thousands of refugees coming to us, driven by the hardship and misery they face in their home countries, shows that we need more development policy efforts worldwide in order to give people in places where the outlook is bleak some kind of future prospects. Together we are sending a message that says: We will come to you and we will support you. I am pleased that we have important prominent ambassadors like Bono to do this, people who are also willing to take a stand against hunger and poverty worldwide.”

The BMZ is already investing more than one billion euros in direct assistance for refugees and will be spending more than 12 billion euros between now and 2017 on tackling the root causes of displacement worldwide. During the current legislative period, Germany will be making more resources available for official development assistance (ODA) than ever before.

During the meeting between Minister Müller and Bono, the two also discussed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is to be adopted at the United Nations summit in New York this coming weekend.

"The sustainable development agenda is a pact on the world’s future for the whole planet,” said Müller. "Global human development respecting the limits of the Earth’s resources is the best way to tackle the root causes of displacement. It will be crucial that the agreements reached are actually implemented and that there is an effective mechanism in place to monitor their achievement.”

Last year, in preparation for the implementation of the Agenda, the BMZ launched a broad dialogue leading to the elaboration of a Charter for the Future of our ONE WORLD. The Charter for the Future is currently touring Germany as part of a roadshow. The next stop on the tour is Munich, which the roadshow will reach this Monday.

Minister Müller and Bono also talked about current development issues relating to health, and about the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and the Global Vaccine Alliance, GAVI. Germany is the third largest official donor in the health sector and a pioneer through its involvement in this field.

ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organisation with almost seven million supporters working with political leaders and other organisations to put an end to extreme poverty and preventable diseases in Africa.

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