Conference on "Responsibility of Religions for Peace"
In a world characterized by war and uncertainty, the responsibility of religions for peace is particularly important. Religions are strong social and political forces in their societies. There are impressive examples of peace foundations founded on religion.
The Foreign Office of Berlin is therefore looking to dialogue with influential figures and representatives of religious communities from Europe, the Middle East and North and West Africa in order to strengthen the peace potential of religion.
From May 21 to 23, 2017, about 100 international religious representatives will be invited to Berlin. The participants will be engaged in the work for peace in and between societies.
The conference "Responsibility of Religions for Peace" is about German foreign policy with non-state actors as a complement to classical diplomacy.
#youforG20 – deutschland.de is looking for your project!
Does your project support social engagement at the municipal level? Does it help to enhance gender equality? Does it protect the environment or the climate? Does it promote participation on the part of young people or foster social entrepreneurship? Anything that helps to improve people’s lives can be entered into the competition!
The best project will win 15,000 euros.
To take part, visit
Green Talents Competition 2017
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious ” Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas. The award, under the patronage of Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable.
For more information please refer to the following flyer and press release:
Global Media Forum 2017
The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is the Place Made for Minds, where decision makers and influencers from all over the world come together. Join us at the Global Media Forum June 19 - 21, 2017 in Bonn, Germany, to shape the discussion about the impact of identity and diversity on politics, society and media.
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
Every spring the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue brings together key international decision makers in foreign energy and energy policy, industry, science and civil society as well as foremost energy experts from all over the world. This year, the dialogue takes place from March 20-21.
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017
The German Information Centre Africa is part of a network of nine GICs in key regions of German foreign policy. It is designed to enhance the flow of information to those in Africa interested in Germany. The GIC presents today's modern, innovative Germany with its multi-faceted and close links to Africa.
German Information Centre Africa
In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier - new Federal President
German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018
On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin.
For more information please visit
Be honest: How much do you actually know about the barn swallow Hirundo rustica? If your answer is “not much” you feel exactly like the 50 guest who came to the residence of the German Ambassador on January 23rd to watch the premiere of the newest piece of “Follein Brehm’s Life of Animals”. But that was about to change when the audience got to learn completely new sides to the small bird known as the barn swallow.
Science Theatre: Frollein Brehm with Hirundo rustica
The conference will be held in Africa for the first time from 8 to 10 February 2017. The German-African Business Summit is being co-organised by the Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI).
German-African Business Summit
Germany for United Nations Security Council 2019-20
Peace, justice, innovation, partnership - these are the things Germany wants to play in the United Nations. That is why we are standing for a seat in the United Nations Security Council 2019/20 - "an organization more important than ever," said Foreign Minister Steinmeier.
Guardian of our Values: The German Constitutional Court
The German constitution protects the basic rights of every person in Germany. These rights are watched over by Germany’s highest judicial instance, the Constitutional Court.
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
EU Blue Card - Entry visa
The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in Germany commensurate with their qualifications.The EU Blue Card, like all longer-term residence permits, is issued exclusively by the relevant foreigners’ authority in Germany. You must apply for the national visa, which is required inadvance, from the Embassy.
EU Blue Card - Entry visa
Join Us on Facebook!
We finally launched the German Embassy’s Social Media presence on Facebook. Please like, share and spread the word with everyone interested in Germany and our Embassy! Connect with us there to learn more about the Embassy’s activities, receive press information or just have an exchange with us! You can find us here:
More than 15,000 refugees have been turned away
Hundreds of refugees are waiting in the old Athens airport building
(© picture alliance / dpa, © dpa)
Between January and July 2016, more than 15,000 people were turned back at the German border because they did not meet the requirements to enter legally.
People who travel to Europe and Germany illegally are putting their lives at risk.
Anyone who enters Germany illegally in search of work and a better life will not be allowed to stay.
Rejected asylum-seekers will be deported, receive long-term travel bans for the Schengen area and must pay their deportation costs themselves.
Each year the German Embassy in Abuja finances a number of selected projects in the framework of its small scale fund. Key aspects for the selection of the projects are their sustainability and their positive impact on the society, especially for the underprivileged and the one’s in need.
Refugees whose asylum applications have been turned down have to leave Germany
The flow of refugees to Germany continues. In 2015, more than a million asylum-seekers registered here... that’s the highest number ever. However, not all of them are granted residency.
Germany's New Global Role - Berlin steps up
In a personalized article published in the July/August-issue 2016 of "Foreign Affairs"-magazine German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier analyzes why Germany has won influence in the globa policy.
Here you can find the article published on "www.diplo.de"
Rumours that all asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in Germany get asylum easily and can stay in Germany are untrue!
What is true is that each single case will be examined by the authorities and decided on its own merits. Anyone who is not granted a right to stay must leave Germany. It’s also very important to know that there is no such thing as economic asylum in Germany.
Beware: Human traffickers are not reliable source of information about living conditions in Europe. They are criminals. Human traffickers deliberately spread rumours and false ...