Gen­eral Con­sul Josef Beck

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Con­sul Gen­eral Josef Beck is happy to be in Van­cou­ver. I ar­ranged to meet him to ask a few ques­tions about him and his work here in Van­cou­ver, to share with my read­ers.

1. What were some of his post­ings? Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Göt­tin­gen in eco­nom­ics, Josef Beck started work­ing for the Depart­ment of For­eign af­fairs in Bonn. In 1982, he worked at the Ger­man Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the EU in Brus­sels. Be­tween 1984 and 1987, he worked at the Ger­man Em­bassy in Kin­shasa, the cap­i­tal of The Re­pub­lic of Zaire, a cen­tral African state, now known as the “Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of the Congo. Af­ter work­ing at the NATO Da­part­ment in the For­eign Of­fice, Con­sul Beck worked in Quito, Ecuador as Deputy Am­bas­sador. He then joined the po­lit­i­cal depart­ment of the Ger­man Em­bassy in Washington, DC. Af­ter this post­ing he be­came Deputy Con­sul Gen­eral in Los An­ge­les for five years. He moved to Prague to head the Eco­nomic Sec­tion ot the Ger­man Em­bassy. From 2008 to 2011, Con­sul Beck was Di­rec­tor for the An­dean Coun­tries in the For­eign Of­fice. Re­cently, from 2011 to 2014, he served as Am­bas­sador of Ger­many in Jam­ica, with re­spon­si­bil­ity also for the Ba­hamas, the Turcs and Ca­cos and the Cay­man Is­lands. He worked one year in the World Bank on cli­mate change, be­fore com­ing to Van­cou­ver. Con­sul Beck has a great in­ter­est in cli­mate change and feels that this is to­day one of the big­gest chal­lenges for all coun­tries. Ger­many’s En­ergiewende or energy turn­around ini­tia­tive aims to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions by in­cre­ments start­ing at 40 per cent by 2020 or up to 80-95 per cent by 2050. Con­sul Beck hints to the great im­por­tance of the 2015 United Na­tions Ci­mate Change Con­fer­ence, whose ob­jec­tive is to achieve a legally bind­ing and uni­ver­sal agree­ment on fight­ing cli­mate change (Nov 30th to Dec 11th, 2015). He feels that the out­come of this Con­fer­ence will greatly im­pact on the fu­ture of all coun­tries in­clud­ing Canada & Ger­many.

2. Where will he re­side and what made him choose this lo­ca­tion? Con­sul Josef Beck lives in West Van­cou­ver as it is close to down­town and al­lows him to ful­fil his so­cial obli­ga­tions in a lovely set­ting.

3. Where is he from in Ger­many and where does he con­sider home? Con­sul Beck was born be­tween Lake Con­stance and Black For­est in Bären­thal, a small vil­lage in south­ern BadenWürt­tem­berg, Deutsch­land. He still likes to visit his home state and travel around the area to visit friends and fam­ily at least once a year.

4. How is he plan­ning to celebrate the 3. of Oc­to­ber this year? Con­sul Josef Beck plans to keep the venue of the Shaugh­nessy Coun­try Club the same and hopes to of­fer a wor­thy re­cep­tion to honor the 25th an­niver­sary of the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many.

5. Will he be at­tend­ing the “Deutscher Platz” cel­e­bra­tion?

Yes, I have gladly ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion to take part in the cel­e­bra­tions.

The An­nual Deutscher Platz Event will take place Sun­day, Sept 27th 2015 at 2 pm on 29th Av­enue & Atlin Street, ad­ja­cent to Slo­can Park, in the area of Van­cou­ver known as “Ren­frew Heighs”. www.deutscher­platz.org (also known as the Ger­man Cana­dian Her­itage Plaza). 6. What do you like best about Van­cou­ver? Van­cou­ver has al­ways been in the top five places to live in the world, and ever since a visit here a cou­ple of years ago, I have un­der­stood why. 7. What mes­sage would you pass on to the Ger­man Com­mu­nity in your ge­o­graphic area of re­spon­si­bil­ity? The mis­sion of a diplo­mat is gen­er­ally de­fined by his gov­ern­ment. It is ba­si­cally twofold that is keep­ing his gov­ern­ment in­formed on im­por­tant de­vel­op­ments and the re­al­i­ties in his host coun­try and ex­plain the re­al­i­ties, de­vel­op­ments and poli­cies of his home coun­try to his host coun­try. More specif­i­cally this means to show that Ger­many is an open and mod­ern coun­try striv­ing to be a re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

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