Sustainable and Fair Globalization
Chancellor Schröder and Kofi Annan, UN General Secretary (Berlin, 03 July 2000). During Schröder’s chancellorship, Germany advocated the reform of the UN as well as a greater voice for developing nations (photo: Marco Urban).

Gerhard Schröder’s administration sought to strengthen the United Nations, helping ensure multilateral resolutions to global challenges. At the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, Germany promised to make a significant contribution to the global fight against poverty, hunger, and environmental pollution. To these ends, Germany initiated a step-by-step plan for the EU to increase funds for development assistance, and in 1999 initiated an international program at the Cologne G8 summit to forgive the debt of more than thirty of the world’s poorest countries, freeing up funds for investment in social and educational programs. The Renewables conference, which took place in Bonn in 2004, advocated the international expansion of green power in an effort to slow climate change. Germany campaigned for fair access to global markets for developing countries and for reforms to the World Bank and the IMF aiding sustainable global development. Schröder also called for the increased involvement of developing countries.