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Public Event

Accounting for Climate Change in Bilateral Development Aid: A German Perspective

Friday, May 16, 2008 - 10:30am to 12:00pm


Wolfgang Schmitt 
Managing Director, GTZ--German International Development Cooperation Enterprise

With discussant
David Wheeler
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Moderated by
Dennis de Tray
Vice President for Special Initiatives, Center for Global Development

Friday, May 16, 2008

Center for Global Development
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC
Nearest Metro
: Dupont Circle (Red Line)

Germany has been a strong supporter of multilateral efforts to combat climate change, for example, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the more recent efforts of the World Bank. In addition, Germany is a leader among donor countries in reshaping its bilateral aid activities to take into account climate change issues. The Center for Global Development and the Heinrich Boell Foundation will co-host this discussion, featuring Wolfgang Schmitt, Managing Director of the German GTZ (Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit), a government-owned development corporation. Schmitt will give a short overview of the goals and approaches of Germany’s pioneering efforts to incorporate both emissions reductions and adaptation issues in its development assistance activities. A discussion will follow.