German Development Cooperation at World Environment Day 2018

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 02:19

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’.      

The main attraction of WED 2018 was the spectacular exhibition held from 2-5 June at the back lawns of Vigyan Bhawan, where different government ministries, development agencies, industries and associations came in together to show their innovative solutions towards a pollution free planet.

Dr. Jasper Wieck, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the German Embassy New Delhi inaugurated German Development Cooperation booth. The booth promoted an understanding of the overall portfolio, and showcased the achievements and contribution through bilateral cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India and other German Ministries.  
While inaugurating the booth Dr Wieck congratulated India for being the global host country this year and was happy that GIZ was contributing to the success of this celebration. He also did engage himself in the activity area that was set up.  

The booth provided information on its involvement in Smart Cities & Mobility, Environment & Climate Change, Waste Management and Land Use Planning. The booth stood out through the interactive involvement of the visitors through a ball game to generate awareness on waste separation, puzzle pictures of Father Rhine and Mother Ganges, and the most interesting selfie corner equipped with chalk board props showing strong pledges on the theme beat plastic pollution. The booth was also well equipped with QR codes linked to relevant information, in order to reduce sharing printed material and promote digitisation. As part of the event GIZ also created a special hashtag #GIZWED2018 in order to share live tweets from the booth for wider participation and awareness generation. The hashtag reached out to over 1,00,000 online visitors.