The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation services. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.
GIZ is fully owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, represented as the shareholder by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of Finance.
One day, four people, many solutions
The four employees provide examples of many of GIZ’s programmes and projects, countries of assignment and especially the people who work at the company. The film shows Karin Pluberg, who is helping to establish the rule of law in Kosovo. Mbissine Diouf works with local partners and colleagues to strengthen entrepreneurship in Senegal, while almost 9,000 kilometres away in Mexico City, Andreas Villar is committed to mitigating climate change. Konrad De Bortoli and his team aim to promote vocational education in Myanmar. This is just a small selection of GIZ’s work.
As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports development and transformation processes worldwide. We are committed to fostering political, economic, and social stability – with 16,000 staff and in more than 130 countries
We advise people around the world, we bring people together around the world we train people around the world together with our partners to make change work to improve living conditions sustainably and effectively.
In September 2015, heads of state and government at the UN Summit in New York adopted the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development comprising the Sustainable Development Goals. The ground-breaking aspect of Agenda 2030 is that it explicitly links economic, social and environmental development goals for the first time and combines poverty alleviation and sustainability. Its 17 goals go far beyond the millennium development goals, which expired at the end of 2015, and they also apply equally to all countries.
In addition, the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 created a global framework for financing sustainable development and in December 2015 a new global climate agreement was adopted in Paris. Furthermore, the German Government used its presidency of the G7 to drive forward these agendas.
The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is the new overarching framework for international cooperation and provides a path forward for national and international sustainable development policy. Agenda 2030 will be implemented using a multi-stakeholder approach through a new global partnership involving all relevant stakeholders (governments, private sector, civil society and the UN system).
There are a number of reasons why GIZ is a key partner in implementing Agenda 2030: it has extensive international experience and contacts in emerging economies and developing and industrialised countries, it has advised BMZ and other German ministries on international negotiation processes (G7 summits, FfD conference, UN Summit on Agenda 2030, Climate Conference), and it is well positioned to deal with the issues involved in the SDG system.
In the light of Agenda 2030‘s global character, GIZ is able to create stronger connections in its programmes between its activities and results in partner countries and in Germany (national sustainability strategy). Linking the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability is crucial to the implementation of Agenda 2030.