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).

The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), an autonomous and statutory body of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, 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 “ Access and Benefit Sharing Partnership Project (ABS) ” on 09.11.2017 in Chennai.

The agreement was signed by Dr. B. Meenakumari, Chairperson of National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai; and Dr. Konrad Uebelhoer, Director, Indo-German Biodiversity Programme. 
Speaking on the occasion Dr Uebelhoer said “we had a very constructive meeting with the NBA and SBBs (State Biodiversity Board) and we hope that the positive mood that guided all our discussions today will smoothly carry our project forward".

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is supporting the Nashik Municipal Corporation on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BmUB) of Germany as part of its international climate initiative (IKI).

Shri Girish Mahajan, Minister of Water Resources and Medical Education, inaugurated the innovative, one of its kind; Waste to Energy Plant for Nashik city on 29 November, 2017 in the presence of Mr. Navin Aggarwal; Director Swachh Bharat Mission, Government of India and Mr. Uday Tikale, Director Swachh Bharat Mission, Maharashtra, Government of India  

Also present at the event were Mayor of NMC, Commissioner of NMC Mr. Abhishek Krushna; Mr. Arne Panesar,  Mr. Dirk Walther, Project Director Waste to Energy Project, GIZ and Councillors of the Area. 

For over 60 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. Currently, GIZ has over 340 employees in India, of whom 70 per cent are national personnel.

India is fast emerging as an economic and industrial power. It is a member of the ‘Group of Twenty’ (G20) as well as one of the five major emerging national economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Despite the country’s rapidly growing economy, poverty and other socio-economic issues remain a challenge. The burgeoning population and accelerated urbanisation in the country have resulted in an environment at risk and greenhouse gas emissions that continue to spiral upwards.

The focal areas of Indo-German cooperation currently are:

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New Delhi, 05 September, 2012: The German Government has embarked to set up a German House for Research and Innovation in New Delhi (DWIH New Delhi). The DWIH will serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for interested students, researchers and potential partner institutions, and disseminate information about higher education in Germany, research landscape and funding sources. New Delhi is one of the five focal points for enhanced German academic and research cooperation, along with Sao Paolo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA) and Tokyo (Japan). Marking the inauguration of the DWIH in India, the German Embassy New Delhi and the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be organizing a Grand Science Slam on Saturday, 27th October 2012 at one of the highlights of the “German Year in India 2011/2012”, the Indo-German Urban Mela in New Delhi: A great platform for researchers, the Grand Science Slam will include topics from all fields of science including humanities and social sciences.

Monday, October 3, 2016 to Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Heidelberg Centre South Asia, South Asia Institute, Indian Institute for Tropical Meteorology, Indian Chest Foundation, both in Pune, and the Health and Demographic Research Center in Vadu, in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation, organized a workshop on ‘Urbanisation, Climate Change and Health’, part of HCSA series of initiatives and events on Smart Cities. The workshop took place at the German House for Research and Innovation, on October 26. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Stephan Lanzinger, Head Science and Technology, the German Embassy. The technical sessions covered a wide range of subjects, such as Air Quality of Indian Mega Cities and Prediction System (Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director SAFAR, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune),  Climate Change and Health - Ongoing efforts at PHFI (Dr.

Prof. Girish Nath Jha, Vice-President for International Affairs, Professor of Computational Linguistics and ChairpersonSpecial Center for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, recently visited University of Cologne (Germany) on 11-12 November 2016, for further talks in intensifying academic cooperation between UoC and JNU. On arrival, he was greeted by Dr Stefan Bildhauer, Director, International Affairs, University of Cologne, followed by the meeting with the Rector of UoC, Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth.