What we do
Regional conflicts, fragile or collapsed states, armed conflicts, terrorism and organized crime – all have grave consequences for the people who suffer under them. They also threaten the security and stability of entire regions and peoples.
Peace and Security
More than one billion people in the world – almost one in five – have to live on less than 1.25 US dollars per day. Every day thousands of young children die of hunger and illnesses. Poverty reduction is therefore a cornerstone of Germany's engagement at the UN.
Development, Environment and Sustainability
Respect for and expansion of human rights is a central focus of the policies of the German Government. German human rights policy in international relations follows a clear obligation: protecting people from violations of their rights and basic freedoms.
Human Rights and International Law
Natural catastrophes and military conflicts have, in recent years, led to a steady increase in the number of people around the world who are dependent upon humanitarian assistance. A functioning international humanitarian system is therefore gaining ever greater importance.
The United Nations is a product of its times: founded in the wake of the two disastrous world wars of the previous century. Its organs and modes of functioning reflect the political balances of power and peace-building moral concepts of that era.
Reform of the United Nations