Publication: Germany’s global efforts for sustainable development

Germany 2021, in the series OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews discusses Germany's global leadership on issues that are important to developing countries. Of which one is the issue of Germany's commitment to global health.



This chapter looks at Germany’s global leadership on issues important to developing countries. It explores Germany’s efforts to ensure that its domestic policies are coherent and in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its work to raise awareness of global development issues at home. This chapter first reviews Germany’s efforts to support global sustainable development, assessing Germany’s engagement and leadership on global public goods and challenges such as international peace and security, refugees and migration, and climate, environment and resilience, and in promoting global frameworks. It then examines whether Germany’s own policies are coherent with sustainable development in developing countries. The chapter concludes by looking at Germany’s promotion of global awareness of development and citizenship at home.


Germany's commitment to global health:

Germany’s support for global health is premised on well-co-ordinated, joint global action to address health needs such as the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, which it initiated in 2018 with Ghana and Norway. Germany focuses on system-oriented engagement where joint, cross-sectoral action can achieve the greatest possible success and aims to work with partners to strengthen alliances and forums at all levels — national, international and multilateral — ensuring coherent action (Federal Ministry of Health, 2020). This approach is an important part of Germany’s COVID-19 response, which includes pandemic preparedness and access to vaccinations (Chapter 3, Box 3.1) (OECD, 2020).


Read more about Germany's commitments to the achievement of the SDGs and its support for developing countries here


Citation: OECD (2021). Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Germany 2021. Online available:


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