The Chinese foundation for the development of human rights and the FES Beijing office jointly hosted a webinar on Human Rights and Socio-Ecological Standards in Development Cooperation.
While there are obvious differences between the human rights concept of Germany and China as well as in the development cooperation approach, both sides are willing to contribute to the global development agenda and to the development in third countries.
Hence it is important to discuss what is needed to provide and protect global public goods and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Triangle cooperation projects in third countries – based on Official Development Assistance-Standards of the OECD – are a platform to strive for these common goals. After defining joint standards, the monitoring and evaluation process needs to be further coordinated. If those endeavors are successful it could be also a contribution to avoid the geo-politization of development cooperation.
This is was Herta Däubler-Gmelin, former minister of justice, Christine Toetzke, DG in the German ministry for economic and development cooperation, Benjamin Boeltzig, advisor at the German Agency for development cooperation as well as Anna-Katharina Hornidge, director of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability discussed with Chinese counterparts like Li Yi, deputy director of the China international development agency and Zhou Taidong, Vice-director at the center for international knowledge on development.