1. German Security Council candidature logo Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20
  2. Meet at the German Ocean Pavilion German Mission hosts Pavilion during the UN Ocean Conference
  3. Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge Germany and the United Nations
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.

Meet at the German Ocean Pavilion

German Mission hosts Pavilion during the UN Ocean Conference

The first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference was a historic opportunity to promote the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. To contribute to its success, Germany hosted over 20 side events from 5 to 9 June with partners from various marine regions of the world. Follow the link below to view photos from all our events!

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.

Prof. Dr. Antonius Eitel

On the death of former Permanent Representative, Ambassador Antonius “Tono” Eitel

The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations mourns the death of its former Permanent Representative Ambassador Antonius “Tono” Eitel (1933–2017). He passed away on Sunday, June 25, at his home in Muenster, Germany. Ambassador Eitel headed Germany’s Mission to the U.N. in New York from 1995 to 1998 and represented his country on the U.N. Security Council during the 1995/96 term. He will be remembered as an accomplished diplomat, eminent legal scholar, collector of rare Mesopotamian artifacts and great humanist. Please visit the following website to sign his condolence book: 

https://antoniuseitel.remembered.com/

Helmut Kohl

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said today (June 16) on the passing of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl:

"He was a great statesman, a great German politician and above all a great European. He did not only do such a lot for German reunification, but also for the integration of Europe. That is his great l...

Photo gallery of events at the German Ocean Pavilion, June 5-9, 2017

#NoGuns: Global Week of Action against Gun Violence

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) The Global Week of Action against Gun Violence, an initiative of the International Action Network on Small Arms, takes place June 5-12, 2017.

Year after year, more people are killed by small arms than by any other weapon. And since such weapons are easy to obtain, they are also readily available in illicit circuits. Germany believes that enhanced control of small arms is an important component of conflict prevention and long-term crisis resolution, and that the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) plays an important role in countering their illegal trafficking.

For these reasons, Germany has supported the UN Programme of Action since its inception. We also help finance numerous projects on small arms control around the world, contributing more than EUR 5 million every year. Current projects include efforts to improve SALW control in the extended Sahel region and measures to better regulate SALW use in the private security sector in Latin America.

In addition, we regularly organize meetings of the Group of Interested States in Practical Disarmament Measures here in New York. These meetings are meant to facilitate dialogue between potential donors and countries seeking assistance for SALW control.

Energy Efficiency Award 2017

Energy Efficiency Award 2017: Companies can apply now

The international energy efficiency competition of the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - German Energy Agency has the motto "The Makers of Energy Transition " this year. Private and public companies are invited to submit their projects and concepts by 15 July 2017, which have a special impact on the practical implementation of the energy conversion. You can find all the information you need to enter for free at

Global Media Forum 2017

Global Media Forum 2017

The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is the Place Made for Minds, where decision makers and influencers from all over the world come together. Attend the Global Media Forum on June 19-21, 2017 in Bonn, Germany, to shape the discussion about the impact of identity and diversity on politics, society and media. Registration begins April 1st.

Video message by the Ambassador