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With nearly 18 million people, North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous German state. Overall, Germany has about 82 million inhabitants. 29 of the 80 major German cities are located in this highly urbanized area in the west of Germany. The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, which is located in the center of the state, is one of the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the world with about ten million inhabitants, and a central part of a European conurbation. The largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia - and one of the oldest cities in Germany - is Cologne.
There are over 3,000 registered groups and organizations in North Rhine-Westphalia that deal with development policy and development cooperation. Most of them work on a voluntary basis. Some of the big German development organizations have their headquarters in Bonn, Cologne and Aachen as well, for example, Welthungerhilfe, Misereor, Unicef, Adveniat and Missio. They are joined in their own national umbrella organization VENRO.
There is a development policy network in each state, which is an independent NGO respectively. At federal level, they are members of the association of the One World country networks (agl) which in turn is also a member of the umbrella organization VENRO.
The tasks of the One World Net are:
- Consulting One World Enagement,
- Education and outreach projects,
- Networking and training on all aspects of one-world work in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The One World Net NRW also organizes national events and conferences with international guests. Furthermore, we arrange contacts with actors in the fields of Global Learning, youth exchange programs, Fair Trade, international campaigns, etc. Members of the OneWorld Net NRW are about 1.7000 groups and individuals from NRW.
Our goal: strengthening our domestic work!
The first thing that comes to our mind when thinking about development work are aid projects, but many policy decisions that affect the lives of the people in the South must be made in Germany – ranging from climate change to trade and financial policies.
Englisch, Portuguese: Monika Dülge, Tel. 0049 -211 – 6009 -112, firstname.lastname@example.org
French: Daniela Peulen, Tel. 0049 – 251 – 28 46 69 -22, email@example.com
Spanish: Susanne Nieländer, Tel. 0049 – 251 – 29 46 69 -14
general secretary: Udo Schlüter
deputy secretary: Monika Dülge
Chairperson: Gerd Deihle
Eine Welt Netz NRW
D-48143 Münster, Germany
Tel.: 00 49 - 2 51 - 28 46 69 - 0
Fax: 00 49 - 2 51 - 28 46 69-10
Eine Welt Netz NRW
D-40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Tel.: 0049 - 2 11 - 60 09 252
Fax: 0049 - 2 11 - 60 09 258
What moves us
In our exhibition "World Garden", which we have presented regularly since 2005, the exhibit of an oversized cell phone is usually surrounded by students. Here many students heard for the first time of the civil war in the Congo for the raw material coltan that can be found in every cell phone. The source of our enormous material wealth lies in the global industrial division of labor. The dirty, laborious, land consuming, resource-and energy-intensive parts of the production of mobile phones, jeans, TVs, grave stones, roses and photovoltaic modules take place in faraway China, India and Uzbekistan.
Politics, economy and our way of life will not really be globally sustainable if they are subject to the preservation of our model of prosperity.
Also, the German energy transition, which has been a political objective in Germany since turning away from nuclear power after the disaster in Fukushima, Japan in March 2011, will not work if we do not decrease our energy consumption.
Surviaval artists of sustainability experience this as a liberation from the abundance.
But for most these are simply unreasonable demands. On the other hand, it has been shown that the attractive, overflowing consumer world does not bring happiness to life. Many seek their fortune elsewhere and also the Bundestag (Lower House of German Parliament) is searching for alternatives to the gross domestic product.
It is our task in the One World work to tell unpleasant truths, to look for opportunities for action and to promote them. The necessary political transformations are immense, but also the challenges to personal life are not to be sneezed at. "We pretend that we have a right to everything we have." said Professor Harald Welzer from Essen at our visionary meeting in summer 2011.
Turning points of globalization
The One World work in North Rhine-Westphalia has long been concerned with issues that are based on the limited resources of the earth. The dominant form of globalization leads, above all, to inventories beeing looted faster. At our annual conferences these turning points (peaks) were the centre of attention.
When the price of crude oil exceeded the 100 dollar mark in 2008, there were spontaneous demonstrations against high food prices in 22 countries. We remember the "tortilla riots" in Mexico and the desperate protests against the rice prices in Asia.
The globalization researcher and adviser to the EU commission, Jeremy Rifkin, called this "Peak Globalization", the point of maximum globalization: "Our highly oil and other fossil fuel-dependent economy has reached the extreme limits of global economic growth."
"Land grabbing" is considered a new form of land robbery: It's all about acreage for bio-fuels. It has been estimated that 22-50 million hectares of land were sold in Africa, Asia and Latin America to foreign investors between 2006 and 2009. Farmers consider this as a major threat to food security.
We have burned coal, oil and natural gas to drive our industrial life for 200 years. Vast amounts of carbon dioxide are pumped into our atmosphere. The energy consumed threatens to lead to a catastrophic temperature change with potentially devastating consequences for the future of all life on the planet.
More and more people on earth are running out of water. Climate change leads to the expansion of deserts. Improper irrigation leads to destruction of agricultural land. Huge areas become too salty and permanently useless. Even today, agriculture competes with the requirements of ecological balance.
On December 12,2002 our general assembly has agreed on the following mission statement.
The One World Network Northrine-Wesftalia (NRW) is a federation of people and civil society organizations and goups in North Rhine-Westphalia committed to sustainable developrnent in global responsibility.
- We campaign for open-minded politics, fair coordination of interests between the North and the South, global environmental protection, demouatiz:,ation, cultural diversity, respect for human rights, civil conflict resolution and peace.
- We strengthen civil society one world engagement in NRW.
- We motivate to reflect critically on global development and to shape these processes on the basis of solidarity.
- We want to enhance one world politics as an important civil society amd state responsibility.
- We improve the political, structural and financial parameters fbr one world engagement in NRW.
- We anchor global and intercultural leaming in school and extracurricular education.
- We initiate equal dialogs, cooperation and partnerships between the North and the South on local and regional level.
- We are committed to more justice in the foreign trade relations of our country.
- We create fairer economic relations between the North and the South through the expansion of fair trade.
- We promote peaceful conflict resoiutions and oppose the militarizalition of international politics.
Herewith we contribute to a globalization that does not align on the privilege of the political, economic or military more powerful but rather allows living in human dignity.
This also corresponds with the goals of the Agenda2l.
Version updated 1st of October 2012
Everybody has the opportunities to become active on a better world's behalf. This includes daily decisions on our consumption as well as many forms of political engagement. It is our concern that we do not close our eyes to the problems of the people in the one world, that we do not give up because of the complexity of the globalized world and that everyone uses their best efforts for a better world.
Therefore, we support teachers and multipliers in their educational work with projects related to global learning.