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Start of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour: Minister Müller calls for swift agreement on supply chain law

21.01.2021 - Thursday, 21 January marks the start of the United Nations International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. In a statement, German Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "The COVID-19 crisis is proving to be a disaster for many children: right now, 320 million children are not able to attend school. [...] Even before the pandemic, more than 70 million children were being forced to labour under exploitative conditions – including children working to produce goods that we buy. That is modern slavery." more

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Rethinking Trade Facilitation – Speech by Parliamentary State Secretary Norbert Barthle at the High-Level Forum of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation

09.09.2019 - Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to welcome you to the first High-Level Forum of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation here at the Museum for Communication in Berlin. The venue for our meeting is quite fitting, for communication – the process by which information is exchanged between individuals, even over long distances and across frontiers – is a basic human need and a key precondition for our modern way of life.  more

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