1. Presentation of Credentials
Germany’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Dr. Christoph Heusgen
  2. German Security Council candidature logo Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20
  3. Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge Germany and the United Nations
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.

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.

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.

German Exhibition "Kulturwelten" on the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Kulturwelten-Ausstellung in der VN-Delegates Lobby Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) On July 10th, Deputy Permanent Representative Jürgen Schulz and the Permanent Representative of Mali, Ambassador Konfourou, jointly opened the exhibition "Kulturwelten" on the global effort of protecting cultural heritage.

Protecting and maintaining cultural identity and its diversity is one of the priorities of the German Government’s cultural work abroad. By preserving cultural heritage, we are supporting the cause of peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding. Mali, as a country with outstanding riches in cultural property, is an important partner in the Cultural Preservation Programme. Germany is supporting international efforts to establish a modern archive in which the world famous Timbuktu manuscripts are stored, conserved, catalogued, digitized and made available to both Malian and international researchers. Such measures will ensure that these valuable manuscripts take their rightful place in the cultural heritage of humanity.

The exhibition was on display next to the delegates entrance in the General Assembly Building until July 21st.

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...