Press releases

12 February 2012: 10 years Red Hand Day – A Worldwide Initiative to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

Feb 12, 2012 | GermanyUN

For many children, a peaceful childhood is only a dream. Children are even used as soldiers in armed conflicts in many regions of the world. Each year on 12 February, Red Hand Day raises awareness abo...

German government steps up humanitarian assistance for Sahel zone

Feb 8, 2012 | GermanyUN/BMZ

The Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development are making 12 million euros available to fund emergency assistance for the people affected by the drought in the Sahel zone.

Foreign Minister Westerwelle expects Russia to deliver a clear message to Damascus

Feb 7, 2012 | GermanyUN

Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin today during a joint press conference with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders:

Foreign Minister Westerwelle calls for Syria contact group

Feb 7, 2012 | GermanyUN

Speaking in Paris yesterday (6 February), Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement on the Franco German proposal to establish a contact group comprising the friends of a democratic Syria:

6 February 2012: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Feb 6, 2012 | GermanyUN/BMZ

Combating female genital mutilation It is estimated that between about 100 and 140 million women and girls in the world are affected by genital mutilation. Genital mutilation violates elementary huma...