From human rights to global health, multilateral cooperation is at the heart of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’s visit to Geneva. After co-opening the 43rd session of the HRC, Maas will attend a meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism with focus on combatting impunity for international crimes.
Thanks to the most ambitious free trade agreement with an emerging economy to date, industrial tariffs between the EU and Viet Nam will soon be eliminated. In addition, the agreement sets down binding high standards for climate change mitigation, employee rights and fair competition.
Within the scope of a monitoring process being carried out between 2018 and 2020, the German Government is reviewing to what extent companies based in Germany are meeting their due diligence obligations anchored in the NAP. The first interim report is now on the table.
The German economy is globally interconnected. It is important in this context that human rights are upheld in the supply chains. Experts are meeting at the Federal Foreign Office today to discuss how German embassies can support local companies in this Connection.
We are currently experiencing a resurgence of protectionism worldwide. Trade disputes between countries are on the increase. The dialogue between diplomacy and business is therefore more important than ever – especially for a country such as Germany with its strong export sector.