Areas of cooperation

Main areas

Parliamentarian and Political Party Dialogue

Parliaments and political parties are the foundation and essence of every modern democratic system. They fulfill important functions in the legislative and executive components of the separation of powers, but above all, they represent the people and their interests. Germany, Australia and New Zealand are well-established and highly respected parliamentary systems with strong and responsible-acting conservative parties. The current global challenges require not only governments to cooperate, but also representatives of parliaments and political parties to have constant exchanges of ideas and experiences. This will allow them to learn from each other, develop coherent and comprehensive strategies and form alliances.

Foreign and Security Policy

Globalization has increased the interconnectedness of people and countries — the impacts of political decisions, and economic and social developments are increasingly felt in faraway lands. Intense political competition and digital developments have greatly influenced the way we see and understand foreign policy and traditional diplomacy. These complexities have created an ever-more challenging security environment. Efforts to cooperate and mediate rather than confront are thus crucial. Germany’s, Australia's, and New Zealand’s foreign policies have always been guided by a commitment to multilateralism and regionalism. Key concerns which the three countries should address jointly include peaceful conflict- resolution, crisis prevention, disarmament, free trade, counter-terrorism, migration issues and economic co-operation.

Economic and Social Policy

Following an immense growth in wealth as a result of the free market economy and global trade, current economic paradigms in the industrialized countries are generating little economic growth. The structural causes of the weak growth and sluggish improvements in productivity have to be addressed by the member states of the G20. Keys for future economic growth can be found in the field of education, mobility of workers between countries and professions, aid for innovation and information technology, funding of infrastructure projects and creation of a more crisis-proof global economic order based on the principles of the social market economy.

Climate and Energy Policy

Climate change and energy supply are among the biggest global challenges in the coming decades. The current international crises show that the energy supply based on fossil resources is highly vulnerable and scare. Unilateral dependencies must be overcome and innovative potentials released in order to master this challenge. Politics, society and enterprises in Australia, New Zealand and Europe should be aware of the challenges related to energy in the fields of foreign affairs, security and economics. An eco-friendly transformation of life styles and economic activities can ensure long-lasting development opportunities and can make a considerable contribution to the global battle against climate change.

KAS work in the South Pacific

The South Pacific is an area of traditional interest to Australia and New Zealand. It is also an important region for Germany and part of Germany’s development cooperation programme. The states in the South Pacific possess enormous potential but are at the same time faced with severe challenges which, as in the case of rising sea levels, ultimately threaten their very survival. The region is also characterized by large variances in terms of development. It is therefore necessary to promote institution-building and regional integration and to support the Pacific Islands Forum. Economic and democratic reform processes will allow the states to grow and provide a good standard of living to their citizens. With climate change having serious consequences for the South Pacific, sustainable energy supply and natural disasters management will be determining factors in the region’s future development.