Germany’s campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council 2019-20
The Berlin Wall at the UN Rose Garden
(© Thomas Imo/photothek.net)
The construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 divided families and neighborhoods in postwar Germany by isolating West Berlin from the surrounding German Democratic Republic.
On November 9, 1989, the world watched in amazement as jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of the Berlin Wall around midnight to celebrate the opening of the border crossings between the eastern and western parts of the city. A peaceful revolution in East Germany had finally triumphed over this grim symbol of the Cold War and political oppression. It signaled the beginning of the end of Germany's postwar division, and national unity came less than a year later on October 3, 1990. The territory of the German Democratic Republic was subsumed into the Federal Republic of Germany. Consequently, the Federal Republic of Germany continued being a member of the United Nations while the German Democratic Republic ceased to exist.
Ever since Germany’s reunification, the Berlin Wall has been both a reminder of the divisiveness of the Cold War and a symbol for peaceful revolution. One segment of the Wall was donated to the UN in 2002. It is located in the Rose Garden and currently being restored.
Learn more about the Berlin Wall at the United Nations
Ursula Müller appointed Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed German diplomat and current Executive Director at the World Bank Group, Ursula Müller, as the new Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. This appointment acknowledges Germany’s great commitment in the area of international humanitarian aid.
Germany Co-Hosts Exhibition on Women in UN Leadership
The exhibition "HERstory", jointly organized by the Missions of Colombia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Germany was opened today in the UN Headquarters. Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, both attended the opening, paying tribute to women leaders in the UN while emphasizing their respective commitment to gender equality. Germany is proud to finance and co-host the exhibition which focuses on pioneer women leaders such as the first-ever UN Force Commander Kristin Lund of Norway and Angela Kane, formerly the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
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Ambassador Thoms Hosts Farewell Reception for Undersecretary General Willi Lemke
On December 6th, Ambassador Thoms hosted a farewell reception on the occasion of Undersecretary General Willi Lemke's retirement. In his function as Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Lemke emphasized sports as an important way to bring people from different regional, cultural and religious backgrounds together and help to overcome cultural, linguistic and other barriers. The German Mission is a member of the New York Group of Friends for Sport for Development and Peace, and we are proud to have been the main supporter of Mr. Lemke's office's activities since 2008. We extend our deepest respect and sincerest thanks for his lifelong engagement in sports and development.
Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Thoms at the Farewell Reception for Undersecretary General Willi Lemke