1. BM Gabriel in New York Foreign Minister Gabriel attends UN General Assembly week in New York
  2. Presentation of Credentials
Germany’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Dr. Christoph Heusgen
  3. German Security Council candidature logo Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20
BM Gabriel in New York

Foreign Minister Gabriel attends UN General Assembly week in New York

On 19 September, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in New York to attend the 72nd UN General Assembly and meet with Heads of State and Government from all over the world. The event took place at a crisis-ridden time marked by the nuclear dispute with North Korea, discussions on the nuclear agreement with Iran, the developments in eastern Ukraine and the situation facing refugees from Myanmar. In his speech to the General Assembly on 21 September, Gabriel underlined disarmament rather than rearmament, and international cooperation rather than national egoism.

Presentation of Credentials

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.

German Security Council candidature logo

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.

WWF and German Climate Association Offer Free Online Course on Climate Change

#ClimateCourse Enlarge image (© WWF)

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.

Germany Expands Military Support to UN Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System

Übergabe mil. Unterstützung an UN PCRS Enlarge image (© Bundeswehr / Jane Schmidt) On September 7th in Bonn, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen symbolically handed over a package of military capabilities to Under-Secretary-General Lacroix in an effort to expand Germany’s support to UN Peacekeeping. 

Germany will provide substantial capabilities to the Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System (PCRS), including headquarters staff, military observers, military police, maritime experts, mobile training teams, meteorological services, mine clearance experts, as well as a field hospital and air transport. UN Peacekeeping operations are an essential instrument in the global pursuit of peace and security. We need to create the best possible conditions for Peacekeepers to do their work. The military capabilities which the German Ministry of Defense is providing under PCRS will help achieve these conditions.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel Marks 40th Anniversary of the Brandt Commission

Veranstaltung in der BBAW Enlarge image (© Florian Gaertner/photothek.net) Forty years ago, in September 1977, the Independent Commission for International Development Issues began its work under the chairmanship of former Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt. It was commonly referred to as “Brandt Commission”. Its 1980 and 1982 reports contained visionary recommendations on core topics of global economic policy and political governance, including international trade, disarmament, migration, poverty, population growth and global institutions. 

In particular, the Commission’s call for more shared global responsibility and a just world order was groundbreaking during the Cold War and bears repeating even today. The reports also laid the foundation for later high-level commissions and world conferences which ultimately led to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Accord in 2015.

Horst Köhler appointed as UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for West Sahara

Horst KOEHLER Enlarge image (© Thomas Koehler/photothek.net) On August 16th, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of former Federal President Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler as his Personal Envoy for the Western Sahara. He succeeds Christopher Ross who was appointed in 2009.

The Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra makes its Debut at the United Nations

Jugendorchester Fulda Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) On July 31st, the Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra performed a midday concert in the UN Visitors Lobby as part of their tour through the US. The Orchestra, comprised of 33 musicians between the ages of 12 and 22, is based in the German state of Hessen where they regularly perform in front of sold-out audiences.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Permanent Representative Jürgen Schulz noted that there are six official languages at the UN, but there is only one universal language which can be understood by all: music! Reflecting the musicians’ diverse ethnic backgrounds, the concert included pieces from different composers, such as the Russian Anatoly Liadov, the English composer Edward Elgar, Wolfgang A. Mozart representing Austria, as well as Béla Bartók from Hungary, and the American Elmar Bernstein.