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Germany's global responsibility

The Federal Republic of Germany has been a member of the United Nations (UN) since June 1973. Germany is strongly committed to the key object­ives of the UN and is currently the chair of the UN Security Council. Part 1 of the series "Germany in the United Nations".

Germany is strongly committed to the key object­ives of the United Nations: peace, human rights, freedom, justice and development. Germany is the third-largest contributor to the United Nations after the United States of America and Japan.

Germany has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the years 2011 and 2012. This is the fifth time that Germany has taken on responsibility as a member of this most important body of the international community. The Federal Government has set itself five priorities:

Peace, Security, Crisis Management

Germany wants to help enable the Security Council to respond responsibly to international crises and conflicts, suggesting that it should lay down workable regulations for international missions under the UN mandate and carry out its role as guardian of world peace, international security and UN sanctions effectively.

Issue of Global Relevance

Germany’s key objective is for the Security Council to deal in particular with peace-building after armed conflicts, including conflict prevention, disarmament and non-proliferation, climate change, security and the fight against terrorism.

Human Rights Concerns

Germany is especially active in the Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflicts, which it chairs. The most important objective of the work here is to effectively fight the abuse of children as soldiers.

Reform of the Security Council

Germany advocates a reform of the UN Security Council so that its composition reflects current geopolitical realities. Africa, Latin America and Asia have been underrepresented hitherto in the Security Council. The countries that make the largest contributions to the United Nations, like Germany, must also belong to the Security Council permanently.

Transparency and Openness 

Germany intends to pursue a policy in the Security Council that is open and transparent for the concerns of all its partners around the world. Germany always seeks close coordination with its partners.

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