Foreign Minister Gabriel attends UN General Assembly week in New York
On 19 September, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in New York to attend the 72nd UN General Assembly and meet with Heads of State and Government from all over the world. The event took place at a crisis-ridden time marked by the nuclear dispute with North Korea, discussions on the nuclear agreement with Iran, the developments in eastern Ukraine and the situation facing refugees from Myanmar. In his speech to the General Assembly on 21 September, Gabriel underlined disarmament rather than rearmament, and international cooperation rather than national egoism.
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.
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.
German Ministry for the Environment launches "Ready for the Future" Campaign ahead of COP23 Climate Conference
With the "Ready for the Future"campaign, the German Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) is sending a clear message in support of climate action and the unstoppable global movement behind it. BMUB draws examples from projects it promotes nationally and internationally, showcasing impressive solutions to combat climate change and how they are being implemented. From enhancing bike paths in Germany to promoting the spread of solar kiosks in Africa – projects like these illustrate the various dimensions of climate action and ensure that we are ready for the future. Climate action safeguards the habitat which is home to all of us: planet earth.
"Refugees – A Great Challenge" Exhibition by German Photographer Herlinde Koelbl at the United Nations Headquarters
What happens to the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons that are fleeing war and destruction in search of a better life once they have arrived on European soil? This question deeply inspired internationally renowned German photographer Herlinde Koelbl, who spent months documenting the life of refugees in various European countries. Her work resulted in a photo project entitled “Refugees – A Great Challenge”, which has been exhibited at the German Foreign Office in Berlin, as well as the United Nations Office at Geneva. From October 16 - 27, the German Mission to the UN is displaying the exhibition in the Delegates Entrance at the UN Headquarters in New York.
What we do: The German Sustainbale Development Strategy
What can we do to avoid diminishing the chances of people today and the chances of our children and grandchildren for a prosperous life? How can we preserve natural resources for us and for future generations? The new German Sustainbale Development Strategy shows our commitment to Agenda 2030. Let’s put it into action.
WWF and German Climate Association Offer Free Online Course on Climate Change
Do you want to learn more about the causes, risks and challenges of climate change? A free online course offered by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) in cooperation with the German Climate Association (DKK) gives you the opportunity to understand the basics of climate change and to examine its complexity. In six chapters, renowned climate scientists share their knowledge through concise and engaging videos, reading materials and exercises. It is a unique chance to understand one of the biggest challenges of our time and how to cope with it.
Germany will provide substantial capabilities to the Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System (PCRS), including headquarters staff, military observers, military police, maritime experts, mobile training teams, meteorological services, mine clearance experts, as well as a field hospital and air transport. UN Peacekeeping operations are an essential instrument in the global pursuit of peace and security. We need to create the best possible conditions for Peacekeepers to do their work. The military capabilities which the German Ministry of Defense is providing under PCRS will help achieve these conditions.