1. Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016
  2. Logo der deutschen VNSR-Kampagne Germany’s campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council 2019-20
  3. Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge Germany and the United Nations

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

On 1 January 2016, Germany assumed Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore responsible for steering the Organization safely through the challenges ahead in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

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Germany’s campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council 2019-20

On Monday, June 27th, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier officially announced in Hamburg that Germany will be a candidate for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2019/2020. Elections are scheduled to be held in the General Assembly in June 2018. Germany was last represented on the UN Security Council in 2011/12. Our new candidacy is a signal of Germany’s continuous political will to actively engage in matters of peace and security in the Security Council and to underline our standing within the United Nations.

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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 Mission commemorates World Humanitarian Day with Film Screening

Die Familie Kassmou spricht über ihrer Flucht aus Aleppo Enlarge image (© GermanyUN)

To commemorate World Humanitarian Day on August 19th, the German Mission and UN-OCHA co-hosted a film screening and discussion of “Watani, My Homeland”, a moving and powerful testimony of the hardships endured by the Kassmou family as they escape war-torn Aleppo to find refuge and start a new life in Germany. The screening was shown to a full house, which participated in a lively discussion afterwards with the Kassmou family themselves (pictured above), German director Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

The German Mission mourns the passing of Professor Karl Hinz

Professor Karl Hinz Enlarge image (© UN Office of Legal Affairs) It is with deep sadness that the German Mission to the UN reports on the death of Professor Karl Hinz, who passed away on August 8th in Hannover at the age of 82. Karl Hinz, professor of geology and geophysics, was a former member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and played a leading role in its work during the first five years of the Commission’s existence. His encyclopedic knowledge of the ocean floor contributed significantly to the scientific and technical guidelines for the delineation of the outer limits of the continental shelf. 

Karl Hinz will be remembered by fellow members of the Commission as an outstanding scientist and human being. The Commission held a commemorative meeting to honor the life of Professor Hinz on August 15th, during which heartfelt condolences were expressed to his family.

Germany Reports on Implementation of 2030 Agenda

Ziele nachhaltiger Entwicklung Enlarge image (© CC BY-SA 3.0)

The adoption of “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was a milestone in the recent history of the United Nations. This comprehensive and universal Agenda is an expression of the conviction that global challenges can only be tackled through concerted efforts and by systematically applying the principle of sustainable development across all policy areas and in every country. Promoting sustainable development is one of the German Government’s fundamental goals in all its activities. Germany can already look back on a tradition of sustainability: the government’s first National Sustainable Development Strategy was presented in 2002. Germany committed to an ambitious implementation plan for the Agenda from the outset. At the summit in 2015, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany would report on implementation at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2016.

German Cabinet Adopts White Paper on Security Policy

The new White Paper On German Security Policy And The Future Of The Bundeswehr was adopted by the German cabinet on July 13th. The document will serve as a strategic guideline for German security policy in the coming years and is the first such publication since 2006. The text also addresses Germany’s goal to make the UN system more robust, to strengthen the UN, and to enable it to perform its tasks more efficiently. 

Dr. Anja Seibert-Fohr re-elected to Human Rights Committee

Dr. Anja Seibert-Fohr Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) During the first round of elections on June 23rd, the renowned German expert on international law and human rights Dr. Anja Seibert-Fohr was re-elected to serve on the UN Human Rights Committee for another four-year term. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee, which is a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties. The German Mission congratulates Dr. Seibert-Fohr on her re-election and wishes her well for her second term in office.

Fijian Permanent Representative Peter Thomson elected President of General Assembly

PR Fiji: Peter Thomson Enlarge image (© fijiprun.org) On June 13, UN member states in the General Assembly elected Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations to become the next President of the General Assembly (PGA) during its 71th session beginning in September 2016. The Permanent Mission of Germany congratulates Ambassador Thomson on his election to this important position and wishes him great success during his tenure.

At the same time, the German Mission to the UN is pleased to announce that starting in September 2016, Ambassador Harald Braun will serve as Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly during its 71st session.

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