1. Sigmar Gabriel Sigmar Gabriel is Germany’s new Foreign Minister
  2. G20 Logo Germany’s G20 presidency
  3. Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge Germany and the United Nations
Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel is Germany’s new Foreign Minister

On 27 January, outgoing Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier handed over to his successor, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, at a ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office. After receiving their letters of appointment and discharge from Federal President Gauck in Schloss Bellevue, Steinmeier and Gabriel gave speeches to ministry staff and a large number of guests in the packed Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office.

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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.

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

G20 Briefing

Dr. Röller brieft als G20 Sherpa Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) On February 6th, the Sherpa of the German government to the G20 and Chief Economic Advisor to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Professor Dr. Lars-Hendrik Röller, briefed UN Member States in the Trusteeship Council Chamber about Germany’s agenda during its G20 Presidency. This year’s G20 summit will take place on July 7-8 in Hamburg.

G4 Meeting at the German House

G4-Treffen im Deutschen Haus Enlarge image (© GermanyUN)  The Directors General on United Nations Affairs and Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York from Brazil, India, Japan and Germany met on February 2nd at the German Mission to discuss Security Council reform. 

View their joint statement at the link below:

January 27: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism

Holocaust Remembrance Day Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) Seventy-two years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, calling the world’s attention to the unimaginable horrors that took place there during World War II. The scope of the atrocities at Auschwitz has made it the epitome of inhumanity; like no other, this place bears witness to the crimes against humanity of the Shoah, for the murder of millions of Europe’s Jews at the hands of Germans. It is our permanent obligation to never ever forget the atrocities committed by Germany during the Shoah.

In today’s world with rising hatred, anti-Semitism and nationalism, memories must be constantly recalled. Let us stand together in peace, tolerance and solidarity.

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.

On December 30th, the High Level Group in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda submitted a letter co-signed by Angela Merkel to Secretary-General Guterres. Germany and Sweden are the two European members of the group. Click the link below to view document.

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