1. Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016
  2. ISSG Teilnehmer am Tisch Syria talks in Munich: Fresh hope and a real way forward
  3. Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge Germany and the United Nations

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

On 1 January 2016, Germany assumed Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore responsible for steering the Organization safely through the challenges ahead in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

ISSG Teilnehmer am Tisch

Syria talks in Munich: Fresh hope and a real way forward

The International Syria Support Group’s (ISSG) discussions continued late into the night of February 11th. But in the end, an agreement was reached. All the participants accepted the Vienna principles and agreed on concrete steps to improve humanitarian access and achieve a nationwide cessation of hostilities. After the meeting, Foreign Minister Steinmeier underscored that the Munich commitments represented new “hope for the ill-treated people of Syria” and a real way forward towards a political settlement. Click below for FM Steinmeier's statement and the final communiqué of the ISSG talks in Munich:

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.

Opening of Art Exhibition “Colors of Life” at the German Mission on April 20th

Ausstellung "Colors of Life" im deutschen Haus Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) The exhibition "Colors of Life" showcases large-size portraits of people of various ethnic backgrounds, celebrating life and diversity. Berlin-based artist Inge H. Schmidt was present at the opening, stating that most of the people portrayed in her work would never have dreamed to be exhibited in New York City. The works of art will be on display in the lobby of the German House until May 20th.

The Refugee Crisis and Higher Education: #EducatingForTheFuture

Botschafter Thoms eröffnet Panel über Flüchtlingskrise und Bildung Enlarge image (© GermanyUN)

Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the German Mission co-hosted a high-level panel discussion on April 7th to address the connection between access to higher education and managing the ongoing refugee situation. 

One of the most urgent needs is to ensure smooth and effective integration of larger numbers of refugees in their respective host communities in the long run. Panelists agreed that education should be treated as a cross-cutting issue in any strategy that aims to deal with the influx of refugees.

Portrait von Hans-Dietrich Genscher Enlarge image (© Bundesregierung/Lothar Schaack)

Germany’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, passed away on Friday, April 1st. Over the course of his long and eventful life, Foreign Minister Genscher literally made history. He greatly influenced foreign policy not only in Germany, but in Europe as a whole. His life‑long task was to overcome the division of Germany and the rift in Europe. Hans-Dietrich Genscher was Germany’s longest‑serving Foreign Minister, and he will be dearly missed.

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Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989

In September 1989, thousands of refugees from East Germany occupied the West Germany Embassy in Prague. After some tough negotiations in New York, then foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy balcony, spoke the words that would resolve the crisis and make history: "We have come to you..."

Video message by the Ambassador