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Rethinking Germany’s Global Engagement amid Conflict and the Climate Crisis

Value-Driven Foreign and Aid Policy

Germany can't solve every problem, but Germany can be a humanitarian multiplier.
David Miliband
President & CEO, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
We would like to see Germany step up […] and strengthen not only the trade ties, the business ties, but the development ties.
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli
President & CEO, The ONE Campaign

Rethinking Germany’s Global Engagement amid Conflict and the Climate Crisis

June 18, 2024

SAP Data Space, Berlin

With David Miliband

Faced with an ever-expanding human impact of conflicts, the climate crisis and socio-economic disparity, there has never been a greater need for closer global cooperation. Yet, the global system is increasingly fragmented. Germany, as a key diplomatic player and one of the world’s major economies, can play a central role in defining how the global community effectively responds to these interdependent challenges.

Together with former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, CEO and President of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and selected stakeholders from politics, business, academia, and civil society, we discussed Germany’s role in the world and how it can better strengthen interconnectedness, build supportive narratives and fulfill its responsibilities in the international system. We looked at solutions for breaking down silos through intersectoral cooperation. The main goal is to create a more agile system that meets the needs of people in the most fragile and conflict-affected places.

Global Perspectives: Rethinking Germany’s Global Engagement amid Conflict and the Climate Crisis | Einstein X

How can Germany best shape its global role and responsibilities in the future?

Discussion during our Circle "Rethinking Germany’s Global Engagement amid Conflict and the Climate Crisis"


Deike Potzel
Diplomat & Director General, German Federal Foreign Office
Jochen Steinhilber
Director General, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development(BMZ)


We believe in proximity building trust. Our most personal format therefore offers the opportunity to deepen the knowledge of our high-ranking guests in a small circle, together with an exchange of experiences, in dialogue.

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