Germany is applying for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2019‑2020 term. Germany’s candidacy pursues four key goals:
In a globalised society, the international community is being called on more than ever before to work together to address conventional and new security challenges. Germany is a reliable partner in this endeavour. It has contributed both personnel and funding to peace missions for almost 30 years now. Conflict prevention, stabilisation, post‑conflict peacebuilding and arms control are among the pillars of German foreign policy.
Germany is committed to a functioning, values-based global order. Human rights are the foundation of our global coexistence. Gender equality and the self-determination of all women and girls, social inclusion as well as economic, social and cultural rights are among the fundamental values that Germany is working to promote around the globe each and every day.
A main priority of German foreign policy is climate policy. The legally binding climate agreement negotiated in Paris sets important parameters for a genuinely sustainable energy supply worldwide. As a founding member of the United Nations Environment Programme, Germany shares its wide range of experiences and ambitions as the architect of the energy transition. Equal and high-quality education for all children and young people is another top priority – issues that, at first glance, may not appear to be relevant to security, but which are key to peaceful and free societies. There can be no security without access to education and water, or without an intact environment.
Germany is a reliable partner in the world. Partnership is about working together as equals. Moreover, Germany wishes to draw on its experiences to support development. Development policy is an investment in the future in order to create structures, share knowledge and ideas and help people to help themselves. Germany wants and is able to help to give the world a more humane face.
This also includes treating refugees justly and humanely. The causes of flight have to be dealt with in the countries of origin. Germany is therefore making a substantial contribution to relief organisations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme.
In a world that is “out of joint”, the international community is being called on more than ever before to work together to address conventional and new security challenges. Germany is a reliable partner in this endeavour. We have been contributing both personnel and funding to peace missions for almost 30 years now. Conflict prevention, stabilisation, post-conflict peacebuilding and arms control are among the pillars of our foreign policy.