German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer Supports New Approach to Global Security

BERLIN LAUNCH OF STATE OF THE WORLD 2005

Washington, D.C.—A quote from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai provided a visual backdrop for the April 27 launch of State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security in Berlin: “If we did a better job of managing our resources more sustainably, conflicts over them would be reduced. Protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace.”

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer keynoted the event, stating forcefully that security can only be achieved in today’s world if social and environmental problems are effectively addressed. Speaking at the elegant headquarters of the Federal Foreign Ministry, Fischer’s comments provided further evidence that senior economic, defense, and foreign policy officials are responding positively to the Worldwatch Institute’s call for a new approach to security.

“Environmentalism is not 'dead'—it’s just going mainstream,” said Worldwatch Institute president Christopher Flavin, who represented Worldwatch Institute last week at the launch. “Stewardship of the Earth’s resources is central to virtually every major issue playing out in international affairs—from reducing dependence on imported oil to mitigating natural disasters and curbing infectious disease.”

The launch was attended by over four hundred guests, including ambassadors from over 20 countries. In addition to Foreign Minister Fischer and Mr. Flavin, other participants included Anja Köhne, Board Member of Germanwatch, and Ralf Fücks, Chairman of the Board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. In Germany, State of the World reports are published jointly by Worldwatch Institute, Germanwatch, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation under the name Zur Lage der Welt.

The launch ceremony was followed by a panel discussion hosted by the German Federal Foreign Ministry and the Federal Ministry for the Environment entitled, “State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security – Challenges for German Politics,” which included Magareta Wolf, Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Environment Ministry, Reinhard Loske, a prominent Member of Parliament, and other high-level government and NGO representatives.

The Berlin launch was covered prominently by the German press, and was the twelfth launch of State of the World 2005 this year. The Chinese edition is the next to be launched, scheduled for Beijing later this month.

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Photo #1: Silhouette of man and quote from Wangari Maathai on display at launch of State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security in Berlin on April 27, 2005.



Photo #2: Christopher Flavin, Anje Köhne, Ralf Fücks, and Joschka Fischer at launch of State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security in Berlin on April 27, 2005.



Photo #3: Joschka Fischer and Christopher Flavin at launch of State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security in Berlin on April 27, 2005.