1. German Security Council candidature logo Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20
  2. G20 Logo Germany’s G20 presidency
  3. Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge Germany and the United Nations
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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.

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Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will take place in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences will be held prior to this, and the G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017 to to discuss current international challenges and raise awareness of new issues in international affairs. Further information is available on the following webpages:

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Germany and the United Nations

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 Exhibition "Kulturwelten" on the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Kulturwelten-Ausstellung in der VN-Delegates Lobby Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) On July 10th, Deputy Permanent Representative Jürgen Schulz and the Permanent Representative of Mali, Ambassador Konfourou, jointly opened the exhibition "Kulturwelten" on the global effort of protecting cultural heritage.

Protecting and maintaining cultural identity and its diversity is one of the priorities of the German Government’s cultural work abroad. By preserving cultural heritage, we are supporting the cause of peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding. Mali, as a country with outstanding riches in cultural property, is an important partner in the Cultural Preservation Programme. Germany is supporting international efforts to establish a modern archive in which the world famous Timbuktu manuscripts are stored, conserved, catalogued, digitized and made available to both Malian and international researchers. Such measures will ensure that these valuable manuscripts take their rightful place in the cultural heritage of humanity.

The exhibition will be on display next to the delegates entrance in the General Assembly Building until July 21st.

Prof. Dr. Antonius Eitel

On the death of former Permanent Representative, Ambassador Antonius “Tono” Eitel

The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations mourns the death of its former Permanent Representative Ambassador Antonius “Tono” Eitel (1933–2017). He passed away on Sunday, June 25, at his home in Muenster, Germany. Ambassador Eitel headed Germany’s Mission to the U.N. in New York from 1995 to 1998 and represented his country on the U.N. Security Council during the 1995/96 term. He will be remembered as an accomplished diplomat, eminent legal scholar, collector of rare Mesopotamian artifacts and great humanist. Please visit the following website to sign his condolence book: 


Helmut Kohl

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said today (June 16) on the passing of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl:

"He was a great statesman, a great German politician and above all a great European. He did not only do such a lot for German reunification, but also for the integration of Europe. That is his great l...

Photo gallery of events at the German Ocean Pavilion, June 5-9, 2017

#NoGuns: Global Week of Action against Gun Violence

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) The Global Week of Action against Gun Violence, an initiative of the International Action Network on Small Arms, takes place June 5-12, 2017.

Year after year, more people are killed by small arms than by any other weapon. And since such weapons are easy to obtain, they are also readily available in illicit circuits. Germany believes that enhanced control of small arms is an important component of conflict prevention and long-term crisis resolution, and that the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) plays an important role in countering their illegal trafficking.

For these reasons, Germany has supported the UN Programme of Action since its inception. We also help finance numerous projects on small arms control around the world, contributing more than EUR 5 million every year. Current projects include efforts to improve SALW control in the extended Sahel region and measures to better regulate SALW use in the private security sector in Latin America.

In addition, we regularly organize meetings of the Group of Interested States in Practical Disarmament Measures here in New York. These meetings are meant to facilitate dialogue between potential donors and countries seeking assistance for SALW control.

Video message by the Ambassador