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Germany's multilateral collaboration

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Germany is a member of many international organizations. The Federal Republic not only financially supports these organizations but also actively participates in developing their strategies, designing their programs and implementing their goals.

Germany and the United Nations
Germany and the United Nations© dpa / Michael Kappeler

Germany is represented in the supervisory and decision-making bodies of financial institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and various regional banks.

In addition, the Federal Republic is involved in the United Nations and its organizations, funds and programs.

The Federal Republic also supports international non-governmental organizations.

UN Membership

The Federal Republic of Germany was admitted to the United Nations on 18 September 1973 as a full member.

Previously, in 1950, the Federal Republic first acquired full membership of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and, in the following years, of all other specialized agencies.

The United Nations has a key function for German foreign policy.

Conversely, Germany's reputation in the United Nations is based on the fact that it is engaged almost everywhere, but also open to the concerns of others and is able to build bridges and compromise.

Permanent representations

Voting within each organization is a challenging task. Here the different interests of industrialized and developing countries must be reconciled. The members of the organizations must agree on the guidelines of work and the use of funds.

All organizations have internal control mechanisms to verify the use of funds, efficiency and sustainability of operations.

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