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.

VN-Jugenddelegierten im Gespräch über Flüchtlingskrise

Lost Generations - Children and Youth in Refugee Crises

On February 10th, the German UN Youth Delegates organized a panel discussion at the German Mission to shed light on the vulnerability of children and youth in the context of the ongoing refugee crisis. More than 30 million youth under the age of 18 are currently displaced on the global scale, commonly suffering from physical and psychological trauma which persists long after they have fled their homes. The immense scale of violence and unrest in Syria may result in a lost generation in the long term. In order to combat this effect, this side event highlighted the importance of stabilizing measures and prospects for a brighter future for children and youth seeking refuge.

Merkel Rede bei der Geberkonferenz in London

Donor Conference in London: Support for Syria and its Neighbors

The international community is to provide a total of some 11 billion US dollars to help resolve the refugee crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries. Germany will contribute 2.3 billion euros between now and 2018, announced Chancellor Angela Merkel at a donor conference in London. Germany will significantly increase its contribution to resolving the situation in and around Syria. The Chancellor announced that a total of 2.3 billion euros will be made available between now and 2018.

Menschenrechtsdialog im VNSR

Panel Discussion on Human Rights and the Security Council

On January 29, the German Mission and the Mission of France to the United Nations jointly organized a panel discussion on the linkages between peace and security and respect for human rights. The discussion was based on the recently published research report put together by Security Council Report and funded by Germany: “Human Rights and the Security Council – an Evolving Role”. This new publication provides an overview and in-depth analysis on the Security Council’s evolving role in addressing grave human rights situations of international concern. Click below for a full PDF-Version of the report:

Jan Eliasson beim 6. Treffen der UN Police

Sixth Meeting of Group of Friends of UN Police

On January 29, the Group of Friends of UN Police met for the sixth time at the German Mission to follow up on the Secretary-General’s implementation report regarding the Peace Operations Review. It was the first meeting with the Core Review Team co-chaired by Ms. Hilde F. Johnson of Norway and Ambassador Abdallah Wafy of Niger, tasked with drafting an external review of the Police Division’s functions, structure and capacity.  Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson attended the event and delivered opening remarks, pointing to the essential role of UN Police in conflict prevention and post-conflict action.

Steinmeier’s speech to the UN Human Rights Council

Germany elected into the Human Rights Council

Germany will continue to hold a seat in the Human Rights Council for the period from 2016 until 2018. Together with 17 other Member States, Germany was elected by the General Assembly on October 28. Click below for statement by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Video message by the Ambassador