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.
The Refugee Crisis and Higher Education: #EducatingForTheFuture
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.
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