German foreign policy is a policy for peace. This principle is a central part of all the activities of the Federal Foreign Office. Specific examples include Germany’s engagement in the United Nations and the OSCE, in the areas of global disarmament and crisis prevention.

Germany for United Nations Security Council 2019-20

 
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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

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Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council

Germany in the United Nations

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Since becoming a full member of the United Nations in 1973, Germany has worked hard to help promote the UN’s goals and values – peace, human rights, freedom, justice and development – with the aim of ensuring that they are respected and upheld around the world.

Germany in the United Nations

Germany Serving on UN Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council

Germany has begun its new term as a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN). Protecting human rights is a key priority for German foreign policy, and the Human Rights Council is the leading UN organ for addressing these concerns.

Human Rights Council

The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO)

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On April 4, 1949, twelve states from Europe and North America signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, DC. Today, this defense alliance has more than 20 member states. Germany joined the organization in 1955.

The G7 and G20

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The Group of Seven (G7) regards itself as a community of shared values. It comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. The G20 brings together the world’s most important industrialized and developing economies.

European Union (EU)

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The European Union is the biggest political success story of the past 50 years. Peace and prosperity, freedom and security are achievements cherished by all EU citizens. Germany is a founding member of the organization and plays a very active role in shaping today's enlarged EU.

OSCE

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The Organization for Organization and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) is a comprehensive forum for cooperation at the pan-European level. Germany makes a substantial contribution.

Bonn - Germany's United Nations City

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Germany's former federal capital Bonn has become an important UN location - 18 of the 26 UN offices in Germany are to be found on the UN Campus there.

UN City Bonn

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