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Rwanda and Rhineland-Palatinate: Networks generate fresh impetus

Bonn, 3. July 2019. This experience was made by the actors at two meetings of the participating districts and institutions within the framework of the project 'Local Governance Exchange Rhineland-Palatinate – Rwanda'. The two network meetings for the first professional exchange took place in Kigali in Rwanda and in Mayen.

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Video clips of integrated professionals

Bonn, 16. April 2019. With its programme 'Integrated experts for municipal partnerships worldwide' (FKPW), the Service Agency places experts in municipal partnerships. Generally, these experts are deployed for two to four years in the local partner municipality in the global South. The video clips give an impression of the activities in Durban, Addis Abeba, Kharkiv and Tunis.

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Partnerships concretise projects

Bonn, 2nd April. The Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) and the Local Governance Institute (LGI) used a working visit to embark on planning concrete projects together with their partner institutions in Rhineland-Palatinate. This is  the third reciprocal working visit within the Service Agency supported project 'Local Governance Exchange – Rhineland-Palatinate-Rwanda'.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is helping a speech at the 2nd Sisters Cities Conference in Bremen. Photo: Bremer Senatspressestelle

17 Goals for a Better World

Bonn, 13th March. More than 200 international participants attended the 2nd Sisters Cities Conference in Bremen to discuss the localization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas emphasized in his speech the importance of cities in the implementation process of the 2030 Agenda and encouraged local actors to move ahead with optimism.

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In the group photo we see the roughly 80 participants at the results conference of the pilot phase of the 'Municipal Partnerships for Sustainability' project in Belgrade. Photo: Srdjan Plavsic

'We've become friends'

Bonn, 22nd January 2019. After more than two years of constructive cooperation, more than 70 actors from South Eastern European and German municipalities met in Belgrade. The twelve town twinnings of the project 'Municipal Partnerships for Sustainability' between German cities and municipalities and their partners looked together at their successfully implemented measures and forged plans for the future.

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Learning together across continents

Bonn, 4th January 2019. A three-day networking meeting of African and Latin American climate partnership municipalities took place in Windhoek, Namibia in November 2018. Common topics in the fields of climate protection and climate change adaptation were identified and the collegial exchange was successfully intensified.