Five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, legend has it that theology professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.
The posting of these theses in Wittenberg marks the beginning of the Reformation. The far reaching theological, cultural and political consequences of the Reformation make its anniversary in 2017 not only a church affair, but a central global event in cultural history.
Anniversary of the Reformation
On the 3rd of October, the German National Day, Ambassador Achim Burkart has invited to a reception at the Embassy to commemorate the reunification of the then divided Germany.
The border between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic marked the fault line between two competing ideologies during the Cold War and the reunification is therefore not only an historic day for Germany, but it also stands symbolically for the end of the division of Europe into East and West.
Day of German Unity 2017
15th World Day against Death Penalty
Joint opinion piece of the foreign ministers of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Switzerland, published in the "taz" (10.10.2017)
Today, on this World Day against the Death Penalty, we reaffirm our commitment to the universal abolition of the death penalty.
We are committed to ensuring that the dignity and human rights of each individual human being are protected, not only in our own countries, not just in Europe, but throughout the world. In our view, the death penalty is symbolic of the countless violations of human rights in today's world. The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.
World Day against Death Penalty
BASF Zambia, in collaboration with BASF Holdings South Africa, recently donated K100,000 towards science education programmes for children at the Bauleni Special Needs School in Lusaka, Zambia.
Bauleni Special Needs Project
One year on: ABB supports training for a new generation of young engineers in Zambia
February 24, 2017 - Zambia needs more power technology specialists to support the country’s infrastructure development. The German development finance institution DEG has provided funding, collaborating with ABB, to train a new generation of engineers.
As part of the technical cooperation between Germany and Zambia, the German Embassy in Lusaka has supported the St. Luke’s Mission Hospital through the drilling of a borehole, as well as the installation of a solar pump and a tank.
St. Luke’s Mission Hospital
Bilateral negotiations on development cooperation took place in Berlin from the 7th to 8th of December 2016 between the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Germany committed round about 100 million Euros to support Zambia, inter alia in the areas of good governance, renewable energies, and water and sanitation.
Successful German-Zambian Intergovernmental Negotiations 2016
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council
''Art for me is an essential discipline inseparable from my life. When I am in the studio, I am transfixed into a space I call an aesthetic void, where time and space freeze, leaving only me and the subject matter.''