1. Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016
  2. ISSG Teilnehmer am Tisch Syria talks in Munich: Fresh hope and a real way forward
  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.

ISSG Teilnehmer am Tisch

Syria talks in Munich: Fresh hope and a real way forward

The International Syria Support Group’s (ISSG) discussions continued late into the night of February 11th. But in the end, an agreement was reached. All the participants accepted the Vienna principles and agreed on concrete steps to improve humanitarian access and achieve a nationwide cessation of hostilities. After the meeting, Foreign Minister Steinmeier underscored that the Munich commitments represented new “hope for the ill-treated people of Syria” and a real way forward towards a political settlement. Click below for FM Steinmeier's statement and the final communiqué of the ISSG talks in Munich:

Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge

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.

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.

Germany and Mexico request to join UN LGBT Core Group

Deutschland und Mexiko treten UN LGBT Core Group bei Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) On May 31st, Germany and Mexico announced their intention to be jointly admitted as members of the LGBT Core Group at the United Nations. Both Permanent Representatives, Ambassador Harald Braun and  Ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, handed over a letter stating this request to both co-chairs, Ambassador Karel van Oosterom of the Netherlands and Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida of the European Union.

Germany and Mexico are strongly committed to advancing the human rights of LGBT persons, both nationally and on a global level. We intend to actively contribute to the Core Group, as we firmly believe that the UN is essential to promote the idea that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is intrinsically connected to universal human rights.

Germany increases funding for UN CERF

At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Foreign Minister Steinmeier called upon the international community "to show solidarity" and raise the budget of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to $1 billion. Speaking prior to the summit, FM Steinmeier said that Germany would increase its contribution by €10 million to a total of €50 million.

Aufstockung UN CERF Enlarge image (© GermanyUN)

The Refugee Crisis and Higher Education: #EducatingForTheFuture

Botschafter Thoms eröffnet Panel über Flüchtlingskrise und Bildung Enlarge image (© GermanyUN)

Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the German Mission co-hosted a high-level panel discussion on April 7th to address the connection between access to higher education and managing the ongoing refugee situation. 

One of the most urgent needs is to ensure smooth and effective integration of larger numbers of refugees in their respective host communities in the long run. Panelists agreed that education should be treated as a cross-cutting issue in any strategy that aims to deal with the influx of refugees.

Video message by the Ambassador