Cooperating for Sustainability - 49th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 2-5 May, Frankfurt am Main
The Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will take place from 2 to 5 May 2016. More than 3,000 international decision-makers from the fields of business, politics and civil society will come together to discuss the future of financial and economic cooperation between Europe and Asia.
Important notice for all visa applicants !!!
All appointments for the submission of visa applications are exclusively booked through the online appointment system of the German Foreign Ministry.
The appointment service is easy to use, accessible all over the world at any time and is completely free of charge.
We are currently experiencing a severe increase in the number of visa applications we receive, so we must expect longer waiting times for appointments. To avoid last-minute difficulties, we recommend you set your appointment as soon as you can. For Schengen-visas (short term visas), you can set your appointment up to 8 weeks ahead of your application date, and submit your application up to 3 months ahead of your planned travel date.
RCBC FIRE DRILL ON 19 APRIL 2016
Please note that on 19 April 2016, RCBC Plaza will be conducting its annual fire evacuation drill. The Embassy will remain open at this time; however, those with appointments that fall within the duration of the fire drill will have to participate in the evacuation exercises as part of the precautionary measures of RCBC Plaza. Thank you for your understanding.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the death of former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher
"I have just heard here in Dushanbe about the death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher – news that moves me deeply and fills me with great sadness. ...
Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (18 March) on the death of his predecessor Guido Westerwelle:
"The death of Guido Westerwelle fills us with profound grief. Today, we have lost someone who, for a whole generation, shaped our country – as Chairman of the FDP, as leader of the opposition and then as Foreign Minister. [...]"
Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Recent Developments in the South China Sea
The EU is committed to maintaining a legal order for the seas and oceans based upon the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This includes the maintenance of maritime safety, security, and cooperation, freedom of navigation and overflight. While not taking a position on claims to land territory and maritime space in the South China Sea, the EU urges all claimants to resolve disputes through peaceful means, to clarify the basis of their claims, and to pursue them in accordance with international law including UNCLOS and its arbitration procedures. Read the full statement here:Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Recent Developments in the South China Sea [pdf, 66.2k]
Bear with us – give them a coat! The German Embassy Manila is looking for artists to create a design for two brand new Buddy Bears. The artists with the winning proposals have the chance to paint their designs on a Buddy Bear! Deadline for applications is on 30 April 2016. Click on the link below for more details about the competition:
The 11th Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) will take place in Berlin from 23 May to 3 June 2016. They are dedicated to startups and their ecosystems under the slogan "Asia-Europe Innovation Dialogue". The APW - now an annual event - are Europe`s most important platform for dialogue and cooperation with partners from the Asia-Pacific region. Relevant institutional players from the business, science, cultural and political sectors meet here, for networking and cooperation in practice.
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:
Goethe-Institut Philippinen and Liceo de Cagayan University (LdCU) High School extended their partnership to promote the continuous teaching and learning of German language upon the signing of another Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 22, 2016 by both parties. The renewal of the MoU paves the way for further strengthening of the cooperation under the program "Schools: Partners of the Future" (PASCH) of Germany´s Federal Foreign Office.
The German Government on the Energiewende
You can find further information on the German Government’s assessment, measures and plans on this theme on the following website:Energiewende - Switch to the Future
Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany
This brochure is intended to be a guide to help you better understand the Energiewende. In this Who is Who, the most important stakeholders in Germany’s Energiewende, contact partners in politics, industry and society, their tasks, functions and fields of work are presented.2nd edition of the publication
The German government supported a Gawad Kalinga (GK) resettlement site through the construction of a community center which aims to establish a social network among resettlers of a GK village in Quezon City.
The dual vocational training system is the most common approach of vocational training in Germany which produces highly qualified specialists and executives.
Tara Na Sa Germany: An Online Guide for Filipinos Migrating to Germany is a website that intends to support Filipinos who prepare for a life in Germany. The website features content specifically designed for Filipinos and includes a video series, fun quizzes and Filipino success stories in Germany. The website is available not only in English and German, but also in Filipino languages, including Tagalog and Cebuano.