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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Development Cooperation participated in the World Environment Day (WED) 2018 from 2-5 June 2018 in New Delhi. This year India was the host country and the theme was Beat Plastic Pollution.

As part of the WED 2018 events, GIZ partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India  for high level policy dialogues and conferences on the theme on ‘Sustainable Lifestyles: Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy’ and ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. In addition to this GIZ was also involved in supporting the Ministry in the conceptualisation and designing of a publication on ‘Creating Awareness for Plastic Waste’.      

Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure organised Industry Interaction on “Protecting Data through Standards and Certification” on the eve of the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Mumbai.

Mumbai, 24 May, 2018: 

Recent data breaches have focused the attention of governments, citizens, and companies alike on the same question: How can data be effectively protected? On the eve of the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), around 30 German and Indian experts from industry and government met in Mumbai to discuss how standards and certification can enhance IT security and data protection.

It is with great pleasure to announce that the University of Cologne- India Branch office has shifted to new office premises at the German Centre, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chankyapuri, New Delhi- 110021, w.e.f. 1st January 2016. UoC India office now shares its office with the other DWIH consortium members.

H.E. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Germany, visited the University of Cologne on August 8th, 2016. Together with the Second Secretary of the Embassy and Consul Kiran Khatri from Frankfurt, the high-ranking visitors were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Vice-Speaker for the Global South Studies Center, Dr Stefan Bildhauer, Ms. Sarah Marleen Danneberg and the International Office of the University of Cologne. The focus of the meeting was to get an overview of the India related activities both in the field of research and in terms of international student support services, such as exchange programs and summer schools. Furthermore, the Ambassador met 10 Indian students who are currently studying at the University of Cologne, either for a semester or their full-time Master's or doctoral degree. Reference: http://india.uni-koeln.de/cmisnews.html

DWIH New Delhi organised the Strategy Planning Meet from 31st August-3rd September 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, attended by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members, both from the India Regional offices and their German Head Offices. The agenda was to discuss forthcoming events in India of all consortium members as well as to devise strategies and appropriate outreach programmes to promote the German science and research landscape in India. As a result, several working groups were created to discuss the Annual Report, individual presentations during Info-sessions as well as to set Event formats for forthcoming years. Dr Stefan Bildhauer (Directorof International Affairs, University of Cologne) Prof Michael Bollig(Vice-Speaker Global South Study Center, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology) and, Dr Amisha Jain(Head of the University of Cologne Branch Office in New Delhi) attended the DWIH Strategic Planning Meet as representatives of UoC.

DWIH New Delhi organised the Strategy Planning Meet from 31st August-3rd September 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, attended by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members, both from the India Regional offices and their German Head Offices. The agenda was to discuss forthcoming events in India of all consortium members as well as to devise strategies and appropriate outreach programmes to promote the German science and research landscape in India. As a result, several working groups were created to discuss the Annual Report, individual presentations during Info-sessions as well as to set Event formats for forthcoming years. Dr Stefan Bildhauer (Directorof International Affairs, University of Cologne) Prof Michael Bollig(Vice-Speaker Global South Study Center, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology) and, Dr Amisha Jain(Head of the University of Cologne Branch Office in New Delhi) attended the DWIH Strategic Planning Meet as representatives of UoC.

Following the successful first Indo-German Start-up Bootcamp conducted in July 2016 in Berlin, GIZ together with their partners Bosch, World Resources Institute (WRI), Social Impact Lab, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Intellecap are geared to conduct the second Indo-German Start-up Bootcamp which will take place in India and will bring together entrepreneurs from India and Germany to explore cooperation and grow their social impact.

In an effort to boost health protection for the poor and move towards the goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) organised a one-day national workshop in New Delhi on 05 May on the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) – India’s national health insurance scheme. 

The workshop invited officials from MoHFW, state government representatives, insurance companies and other stakeholders, who exchanged best practices to further strengthen the implementation of RSBY and make it a pillar of UHC in India. The workshop was organised under the ambit of Indo-German bilateral project Indo-German Social Security Programme (IGSSP). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is supporting the partners in implementing the programme. 

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the “Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC)” on 28.08.2017 in New Delhi. The main objective of this programme component is to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energy in India. 

In the distinguished presence of Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India and Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, the agreement was signed at the Shram Shakti Bhawan, Ministry of Power, New Delhi by Dr Wolfgang Hannig, Country Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India and Mr A.N. Sharan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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