Germany Reports on Implementation of 2030 Agenda
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The adoption of “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was a milestone in the recent history of the United Nations. This comprehensive and universal Agenda is an expression of the conviction that global challenges can only be tackled through concerted efforts and by systematically applying the principle of sustainable development across all policy areas and in every country. Promoting sustainable development is one of the German Government’s fundamental goals in all its activities. Germany can already look back on a tradition of sustainability: the government’s first National Sustainable Development Strategy was presented in 2002. Germany committed to an ambitious implementation plan for the Agenda from the outset. At the summit in 2015, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany would report on implementation at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2016.
Click here to read the full Report of the German Federal Government to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2016 [pdf, 1,825.47k]
German Cabinet Adopts White Paper on Security Policy
The new White Paper On German Security Policy And The Future Of The Bundeswehr was adopted by the German cabinet on July 13th. The document will serve as a strategic guideline for German security policy in the coming years and is the first such publication since 2006. The text also addresses Germany’s goal to make the UN system more robust, to strengthen the UN, and to enable it to perform its tasks more efficiently.
Please click here for full text of the German White Book on Defense [pdf, 4,555.13k]
Dr. Anja Seibert-Fohr re-elected to Human Rights Committee
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
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
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.