MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! In 2020, Germany will in all likelihood meet the 0.7 percent ODA quota that it has been striving for for the first time for the first time.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
We development politicians can be proud of that.
(Alexander Graf Lambsdorff [FDP]: Those are sleight of hand!)
I am particularly grateful to the Chancellor and the Finance Ministers, i.e. Wolfgang Schäuble and Olaf Scholz. Olaf Scholz kept his word: Germany is the only country in the European Union that has responded to this challenge with an immediate Corona program amounting to 3 billion euros. I would particularly like to thank my colleague Sascha Raabe from the SPD parliamentary group, but also Ecki Rehberg, the spokesman in the budget committee, and the CDU / CSU parliamentary group for having succeeded.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
It is not always easy for us development policy makers.
(Helin Evrim Sommer [DIE LINKE]: Who are you telling that?)
But it’s nice: We don’t just think of ourselves – that is Germany’s symbol of Europe, of Brussels – but also of the developing countries, which are in dire straits due to the corona crisis. An informal development cooperation ministerial council meeting took place yesterday with David Beasley, who told us about it. The corona pandemic in these countries has long since turned into an economic, hunger and poverty crisis of dramatic proportions.
The BMZ budget has doubled since 2013. That too is a strong signal from Germany, Mr Kekeritz. If the Americans also went this way, we could serve many crisis regions in the world differently. The emergencies are great. That is why we cannot accept that aid will be cut, as is now the case in Yemen, for example. I say this very consciously. Let us remember what happened there five years ago, and now aid pledges, such as food aid, are being cut by 30 percent for Yemen. Why? Because the funds are not there.
Looking ahead, we could prevent death worldwide from hunger and a lack of medication with a UN emergency aid fund of 10 billion euros. Why don’t we
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Good question!)
I hear and see the billions being pushed back and forth. This is about 10 billion euros, but at the same time a matter of life and death. The system of international aid must be changed, must be reformed. I am of the opinion that the system must be changed, away from crisis intervention – it cannot be that we have to die first, that we first have to see the children lying on the beaches – towards crisis prevention. It is important to invest precautionary. Acting now is far more sensible than waiting.
The consequences of the crises will lead to the destabilization of states – the defense minister is gone -; it’s about the networked approach. Then we can go to Mali, the Sahel zone, on the part of the defense, i.e. with the Bundeswehr. These crises are now destabilizing entire regions of the country. Civil wars, misery and refugee movements will be the consequence.
Corona is currently throwing 100 million people back into absolute poverty. Absolute poverty means: I wake up in the morning and don’t know what to live on or what the children will get to eat. – In developing countries people are dying of hunger, a lack of medicines and vaccinations. The UN estimates that an additional 1 million people will die of malaria, HIV and tuberculosis this year. Why? Because the vaccination programs are suspended, because the drugs are missing, ladies and gentlemen. These are the dramatic consequences of this corona pandemic in Africa, but also in Latin America. We have to help! The corona crisis requires immediate aid. And this also includes – we will discuss this – debt relief for the poorest with clear guidelines and reforms.
(Applause from the SPD and DIE LINKE as well as from members of the CDU / CSU)
The Chancellor recently told the UN that vaccines must be available worldwide, if they are available. I very much welcome this. The Chancellor has provided 100 million euros for the purchase of vaccination doses for developing countries. That is solidarity from Germany.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
I am talking about the solidarity from Germany. But where is the solidarity of the European Union? I said it clearly yesterday: the EU must do much more. We can’t just look at ourselves. 2000 billion euros – that is a large number with many zeros – comprise the aid and stabilization programs of the European Union for the 27 internal states. The rich for the rich, that’s good. But at the same time – you heard correctly – the European Union is cutting the budget for the next seven years in the category “Development, humanitarian aid, Africa policy, combating the causes of displacement”. It doesn’t go together, ladies and gentlemen. These budget cuts must be corrected by the European Parliament!
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the LEFT and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
At the same time, the Commission is presenting the new proposals on migration and the asylum system. What is missing is a European component to strengthen aid to combat the causes of displacement. We can’t just invest in Frontex. We also have to invest where people set out out of need and misery and hunger.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: He speaks for us!)
We know what to do; but there is a lack of determination worldwide. We are lagging far behind in implementing the SDG agenda. Only twelve countries are on track to meet the Paris Climate Agreement. Only twelve countries are fulfilling what they are supposed to implement, including when implementing – I am saying this consciously today – the Biodiversity Convention to prevent global species extinction.
We all stand for the observance of human rights and the prohibition of child labor. The UN Convention has existed for 70 years, and yet today 25 million children toil in quarries, on plantations, in the textile industry. They are exploited worldwide by corporations that operate internationally, including here in Germany. Even after 75 years, voluntariness does not achieve the goal.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
It is therefore high time to get a supply chain law in motion now.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
Hubertus Heil, to whom I am very grateful, and I have worked out the key points and provided them with a medium-sized component. We want to take away the fear of craftsmen and medium-sized companies, some of which are consciously fueled, that they will not be able to implement the legal requirements of a due diligence law. I tell you: Anyone who still says that this is not possible simply does not want to.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the LEFT and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
And it works. Today I put on a shirt with the green button. This shirt was produced in Bangladesh. I visited Lidl’s company, which implements these standards on site. Bangladesh is out of the world; there are computers, telephones, and you can travel there. That’s how I looked at the company. This shirt is produced according to certain standards. Women and men get a reasonable wage to live on,
(Heike Hänsel [DIE LINKE]: How much?)
that is a living wage. You get the same wages. The payrolls are posted. There is a complaint box. There are social and ecological standards.
Now the responsible industry association says: That doesn’t work. A shirt has 140 work steps. How should the certification work? – Here is the living proof; this Lidl shirt proves it. The second argument is: we cannot finance that. This is too expensive. – This shirt costs 11.98 euros and yet it looks good.
(Laughter and applause from the SPD and BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN as well as from MPs from the CDU / CSU and the FDP – Alexander Graf Lambsdorff [FDP]: You can just wear anything!)
This is the proof for all those who spoil the supply chain and due diligence laws. It works for both small and large. Anyone who says it doesn’t work doesn’t want to. That is a very clear statement.
(Applause from the SPD and members of the CDU / CSU)
There is a global trend towards sustainability. Business knows that the ESG criteria – environment, social issues, corporate responsibility – have long been the basis for investors on an international scale. That will be the future too. Globally active companies no longer get money from investors, from investors, if they do not meet these basic standards. “Made in Germany” stands for the highest quality and should and must also stand for a global ethics of responsibility in politics and business.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
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