1. Tag der Menschenrechte 2016 December 10th is International Human Rights Day
  2. Logo der deutschen VNSR-Kampagne Germany’s campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council 2019-20
  3. Blick auf VN mit deutscher Flagge Germany and the United Nations
Tag der Menschenrechte 2016

December 10th is International Human Rights Day

The German Mission to the United Nations and the German Consulate General in New York join hands to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to promote its cause. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration remains a crucial point of reference for defenders of human rights all over the planet.

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Germany’s campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council 2019-20

On Monday, June 27th, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier officially announced in Hamburg that Germany will be a candidate for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2019/2020. Elections are scheduled to be held in the General Assembly in June 2018. Germany was last represented on the UN Security Council in 2011/12. Our new candidacy is a signal of Germany’s continuous political will to actively engage in matters of peace and security in the Security Council and to underline our standing within the United Nations.

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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.

Ambassador Thoms Hosts Farewell Reception for Undersecretary General Willi Lemke

Botschafter Thoms empfängt Willi Lemke und UNSG Ban Ki-moon Enlarge image (© GermanyUN)

On December 6th, Ambassador Thoms hosted a farewell reception on the occasion of Undersecretary General Willi Lemke's retirement. In his function as Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Lemke emphasized sports as an important way to bring people from different regional, cultural and religious backgrounds together and help to overcome cultural, linguistic and other barriers. The German Mission is a member of the New York Group of Friends for Sport for Development and Peace, and we are proud to have been the main supporter of Mr. Lemke's office's activities since 2008. We extend our deepest respect and sincerest thanks for his lifelong engagement in sports and development.

Preventing Violent Extremism

On October 14th, 72 member states including Germany issued a joint statement on the Principles for UN Global Leadership on Preventing Violent Extremism.

Seven EU Member States Ratify Paris Climate Agreement

EU-Mitgliedsstaaten ratifizieren Pariser Klimaabkommen Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) Representatives of the European Union and seven EU Member States deposited their ratification instruments with the UN office of legal affairs on October 5th, taking the ratification process for the Paris Climate Agreement above the crucial threshold of signatories representing 55 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Having achieved this criterion, the agreement is scheduled to enter into force after 30 days - just in time before the start of the COP22 meeting on November 7th in Marrakech.

Germany Serves as Vice-Chair in New Session of the Third Committee

The Third Committee of the General Assembly, dealing with social and humanitarian affairs as well as human rights issues, took up its work on October 4th under the chairmanship of the Colombian ambassador to the UN, María Emma Mejía. Germany will serve as vice-chair together with Indonesia and Poland in the coming weeks. At the outset of the negotiations, which are expected to last for eight weeks, the German Mission hosted a reception for delegates.

Auftakt des 3. Komitees  Enlarge image (© GermanyUN) Auftakt des 3. Komitees  Enlarge image (© GermanyUN)

Bundestag and Bundesrat ratify Paris Climate Agreement


Klimawandel in Indien Enlarge image (© action press/ZUMA Wire / Zuma Press) On September 22nd, the German Bundesrat joined the Bundestag in ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, which is the first-ever internationally binding framework for a global energy revolution. This represents an important step on the path toward achieving carbon neutrality and mitigating the effects of climate change. Federal Minister of the Environment Barbara Hendricks is confident that Germany's action will be mirrored on the EU-level very soon. As of Sept. 22nd, 60 countries have ratified the agreement. It is expected to take effect in Germany in early October.

Video message by the Ambassador