Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on June 27, 2016. The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018. This renewed candidature (we were last a member of the Security Council in 2011/12) is a demonstration of our political will to make an active contribution to peace and security in the face of all the challenges which the Security Council has to address. Our renewed membership would underscore our position and our weight in the United Nations.
Germany’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Dr. Christoph Heusgen
On July 26th 2017, Germany’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Christoph Heusgen presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. In doing so, he officially assumed his new post in New York after having previously served as Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel’s former Foreign and Security Policy Adviser.
Security and non-proliferation, environment and climate change, sustainable development and human rights – the central challenges of our time – require global solutions, and for many of them, the United Nations is indispensible.
German Federal Agency for Technical Relief: A Partner for Peace in Colombia
The UN Mission in Colombia (UNMC) was mandated by Security Council resolution 2261 on January 25th, 2016 to supervise the ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and to promote the peace process between the parties. Upon request by the United Nations, the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) deployed a team of experts to help set up the UN mission on the ground. UNMC completed its mandate on September 26th, 2017 and was replaced by the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, established by Security Council resolution 2377 (2017). The video above illustrates how THW's activities help promote the peace process in Colombia.
Women, Peace and Security
Under the Presidency of France, the UN Security Council conducted an open debate on the issue of women, peace and security on October 27th, 2017. The inclusion of women in peace processes is a central pillar of Germany's efforts and those of our partners to promote gender equality while preventing conflict and sexual violence. The Human Rights Commissioner of the German government, Bärbel Kofler, held the national statement during the debate.
What we do: The German Sustainbale Development Strategy
What can we do to avoid diminishing the chances of people today and the chances of our children and grandchildren for a prosperous life? How can we preserve natural resources for us and for future generations? The new German Sustainbale Development Strategy shows our commitment to Agenda 2030. Let’s put it into action.
WWF and German Climate Association Offer Free Online Course on Climate Change
Do you want to learn more about the causes, risks and challenges of climate change? A free online course offered by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) in cooperation with the German Climate Association (DKK) gives you the opportunity to understand the basics of climate change and to examine its complexity. In six chapters, renowned climate scientists share their knowledge through concise and engaging videos, reading materials and exercises. It is a unique chance to understand one of the biggest challenges of our time and how to cope with it.