DSW in Ge rmany 19All Party Parliamentary GroupFormed by DSW in 2003, the APPG consists of34 members of the German Bundestag and workstowards increasing political and financial commitmentsfrom the German Government for GH in low- tomiddle-income countries. Meeting approx, ten timesa year, DSW informs members by facilitatingdiscussions and presentations from leading expertsin the field of international development. Followingthese meetings, members often take action byadvancing issues discussed. For instance in July 2011,the APPG initiated a letter signed by all members that health, and education in the new BMZ educationasked Germany’s Development Minister Dirk Niebel strategy. As a result, the new draft of the educationto include stronger language on girls in development strategy presented on February 9th 2012 included aand stress the link between SRHR, family planning, new objective containing reference to these linkages. » On September 21st 2011, Renate Baehr, DSW’s Executive Director, spoke in the Development Committee of the German Parliament about the situation of vulnerable girls in low- to middle- income countries regarding their SRHR needs. That same day an All-Party Resolution was adopted in favour of supporting the introduction of the UN Day of the Girl Child.» DSW organised two parliamentary evenings » DSW Berlin works very closely with the German focused on raising awareness on the need for Research Ministry (BMBF) to ensure political and improved access to vaccinations in 2011. We financial commitment for research activities in are committed to ensuring that the German the field of poverty related and neglected diseases Government supports the Global Alliance for such as HIV & AIDS, TB, and malaria. In May 2011, Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) so that this support was confirmed by Parliamentary State children in low- to middle-income countries Secretary, Dr. Helge Braun at a special DSW can access to much-needed vaccines. conference, “Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Advancing Global Health – A Development ApproachIn April 2011, DSW participated at the forty-fourth for Germany?”. In total, 20 million Euro funding willsession of the Commission on Population and be provided over four years (2011–2014) to advanceDevelopment (CPD) at the UN Headquarters in New product development partnerships (PDPs) forYork. The theme of the session was “Fertility, repro- MDG 4. This type of funding is completely new inductive health and development”, and the next steps German research funding and comes as a directtowards the twentieth anniversary of the Cairo result of DSW’s advocacy efforts in this area.Programme of Action in 2014. As a member of theofficial German delegation to the CPD, DSWparticipated in daily meetings of the delegation andcohosted a side event titled “Family Planning: Keyto Saving Lives” which was attended by more than100 representatives from UNFPA, the UN PopulationDivision, national delegations and several non-governmental organisations. Feedback from ourattendance has been very positive: the side event wasseen as a very successful tool for political positioningand agenda setting, and the German Governmenthave asked DSW to join the German delegation tothe CPD in the upcoming years.