On July 11, 2013, National Geographic celebrated its 125th anniversary at the Willy-Brandt-Haus with an exhibition opening which highlighted the magazine’s most iconic photographs. The exhibit featured Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl,” as well as images that inspired environmental protection, scientific fieldwork, travel, and cultural awareness. Minister Counselor for Public Affairs and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Thomas Miller, delivered welcome remarks, along with National Geographic’s Editor-in-chief, Dr. Erwin Brunner, and Gisela Kayser, Director of the Willy-Brandt-Haus Art Section. The month-long exhibition, which runs from July 12 to August 14, demonstrates America’s interest in promoting cross-cultural understanding and stewardship of the planet, the primary mission of National Geographic. It dovetails nicely with President Obama’s recently declared pledge to reduce America’s carbon emissions and to lead global efforts against climate change. At the opening, over 500 guests were moved by the photo exhibit, and countless more will visit the exhibition throughout the summer.