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World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2016

Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2016

On this day we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day. On the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration the EU wishes to recall the principle that "the establishment, maintenance and fostering of an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy in a nation, and for economic development".

The right to freedom of opinion and expression includes freedom to seek, receive and impart information. It is a key component of democratic governance and development. People need to be fully informed to be able to form an opinion and participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives. Freedom of information also contributes to better governance as it enhances transparency in public affairs and can be used as a tool to make governments accountable for their actions, in particular when access to information results in the exposure of human rights violations or corruption practices.

Ensuring access to information can serve to promote justice and reparation, in particular after periods of grave violations of human rights.

The EU is committed to continue promoting and protecting freedom of opinion and expression worldwide, not only offline but also in relation to the cyberspace and other information communication technologies, as highlighted by the adoption in 2014 of the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.

It condemns the increasing level of intimidation and violence that journalists, Human Rights Defenders, media actors and other individuals face in many countries across the world when exercising the right to freedom of opinion and expression online and offline.

In addition to combating outright violence the EU is determined to fight against laws or practices that impose censorship, encourage self-censorship or provide legal penalties, including criminal, financial and administrative sanctions, as well as against the misuse of market powers and poor economic conditions.

The EU reaffirms its determination to promote and support, freedoms of opinion and expression as rights to be exercised by everyone everywhere, based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality – through any media and regardless of frontiers.

This is your Right!

(© AA)

Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989

In September 1989, thousands of refugees from East Germany occupied the West Germany Embassy in Prague. After some tough negotiations in New York, then foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy balcony, spoke the words that would resolve the crisis and make history: "We have come to you..."

LEGABIBO Registration case

Joint Press Statement on the Court of Appeal ruling in the Legabibo registration case

On behalf of the EU Delegation to Botswana, the British High Commission, the French Embassy and the German Embassy

We welcome the ruling of the Court of Appeal issued on 16 March, 2016 on the LEGABIBO registration case. In reaching this verdict (following the High Court decision earlier) Botswana’s courts have endorsed the fundamental freedoms of expression and of association enshrined in the Botswana constitution as well as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Botswana is a State Party.

Our societies are stronger when they accept, respect and value diversity of individuals and groups. Each of us should be able to live our lives free from discrimination or violence. This includes the right to discuss issues in association with others and to publicly argue for a cause. Non-governmental organizations often contribute to ensuring that everybody’s voice is heard which is part and parcel of a free and peaceful society.

SADC Newsletter Logo

SADC Newsletter

Please find enclosed the Newsletter German Development Cooperation with SADC (Southern African Development Community). With this Newsletter, the German Embassy Gaborone aims to inform and update twice a year on activities on our German Development Cooperation with SADC. Newsletter

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

Further information is available on the following websites:

Bilateral Negotiations between the German Government and SADC

Germany committed a total of 46 million euros in 2014-2015 for the continued cooperation with SADC. Therby SADC has received more than 350 million euros since the cooperation began in 1995. This is the result of the bilateral negotiations between the SADC secretariat and the German Government. The delegations were headed by the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and the head of Division Southern Africa; South Africa in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Alois Schneider. The European Union delegation in Gaborone participated as observer.

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PLEASE NOTE:

In 2014 the Embassy has moved to new premises. 

Physical Address:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Queens Road, Plot 1079-1084

Gaborone (Main Mall)

Botswana

Postal Address and Contacts:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

P.O. Box 315

Gaborone

Botswana

Tel.: +267-3953143 / 3704900

Fax: +267-3953038

Mail: gaborone%27%diplo%27%de,info

Okavango Delta on the UNESCO World Heritage List as the 1000 World Heritage Site

During its 38th session in Doha, the capital von Qatar, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added 26 new sites to the World Heritage List. The Okavango Delta in Botswana was among the highlights.

Lake Taganjika in Burundi

New guidelines for Africa policy – supporting the security architecture, boosting African ownership

On 21 May 2014 the German cabinet decided on the new Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa drafted by the Federal Foreign Office. The guidelines summarise the context, principles and focuses of Germany’s Africa policy.

ixpos

iXPOS - A Platform for Foreign Companies Interested in the German Market

iXPOS – The German Business Portal presents its newly revamped website featuring not only a new design but also an expanded content and advanced functionality to serve a wider international community.

Studierende mit Laptop

Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

Make it in germany

The “Make it in Germany” website welcomes skilled professionals to Germany!

“Make it in Germany!” Take a look at our website to see how skilled professionals like yourself can come to live and work in Germany. German firms are facing a genuine skills shortage that is expected to continue into the future. The German Government has therefore set up this website to help business and industry find the specialists they need. Welcome to Germany!

Afrikanische Kinder mit Deutschlandflagge

Africa in Germany's foreign policy: making the most of opportunities, promoting African ownership

Germany's policy towards Africa is value-based; its principles are respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Yet Germany also has clearly defined interests. As a major exporting nation we need a reliable and well-functioning world trade system, which cannot exist without peace, security and stability.

Federal "Research and Innovation" Funding Advisory Service

The Federal "Research and Innovation" Funding Advisory Service is the central point of contact for any questions concerning research and innovation funding. The centre informs potential applicants about the federal research structure, funding programmes and the persons to contact as well as about current funding priorities and initiatives.

Time and weather in Germany

Berlin:
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Deutscher Wetterdienst
Kalender

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The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany will be closed on Ascension Day, Thursday 05th May 2016, and on Whit Monday, 16th May 2016. Feste Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / Helga Lade Fo)

Global Media Forum 2016

Global Media Forum 2016

Join us at the 2016 Global Media Forum, where we will discuss the intricate links between Media. Freedom. Values.

The impact of foreign policy

Whether refugee crisis, natural disasters or military conflicts, foreign policy activity defines how Germany is perceived in the world. The special feature on “The impact of foreign policy” in the latest issue of DE Magazin Deutschland and on the deutschland.de website presents articles, interviews and portraits that explain Germany’s foreign policy commitment and how it changes people’s lives. There are interviews on this subject with Bärbel Kofler, the new Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, and with Antoine Gérard, Chief of the Secretariat of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

E-paper edition

Topical dossier on “The impact of foreign policy”

deutschland.de

Media library on the deutschland.de website

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Facts about Germany

cover "Facts about Germany"

“Auswärtiges Amt – Auslandsvertretungen weltweit”: the app for finding German missions abroad on all standard mobile devices

App Auswärtiges AMt

Its interactive and informative app provides quick, easy access to the latest information from the FFO.  

Links to audiovisual information on the German Foreign Ministry

www-Schriftzug

Under the following links you can find audiovisual information in English on the German Foreign Ministry and the German Foreign Minister:

Scholarships in Germany

Scholarships in Germany

Are you considering studying in Germany, but don't know how to cover the costs? This month on Young Germany we have four articles detailing scholarships that can help your wallet support your studies.

Feature of the day: www.deutschland.de

deutschland.de

News from Germany

Information about German foreign and European policy and major domestic issues.

EU Council Presidency

Logo of the Netherlands' EU-Presidency

The Netherlands will hold the presidency of the council of the European Union in the first half of 2016.