For the sixth time in this role, Germany is assuming an important responsibility for peace and security in the world.
The UN Security Council, with its five permanent and ten non-permanent members elected for two years each, is the only body that can take binding decisions under international law.
Germany was last a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2011/12.
Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and South Africa will also be represented on the Security Council with a temporary seat for the period 2019/20.
The new membership underlines Germany's position and weight in the United Nations.
During the Security Council membership, the focus is on four core objectives, which the Federal Government intends to support:
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.
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 which we stand up for around the globe each and every day.
One of our main concerns 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, we share our wide range of experiences and ambitions as a pioneer in the area of renewable energies. Equal and high‑quality education for all children and young people is another of our top priorities. These are issues which, at first glance, may not appear to be relevant to security but which are key to peaceful and free societies. For there can be no security without access to education and water, or without a healthy environment.
Germany is the world’s partner. To us, partnership means working with other nations on an equal footing. We want to learn and we want to make our experience available to serve development. We therefore see development policy as an investment in the future: development policy means creating structures, sharing knowledge and ideas and helping people to help themselves. Germany wants and is able to help to give the world a more humane face. This includes treating refugees justly and humanely. The causes of flight have to be dealt with in the countries of origin. Germany therefore makes a substantial contribution towards relief organisations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme.