Germany's Role in the United NationsEnlarge image Statue entitled "Non-Violence", created by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN Headquarters in New York (© © picture alliance / dpa)
Security and non-proliferation, environment and climate change, sustainable development and human rights – the central challenges of our time – require global solutions, and for many of them, the United Nations is indispensible.
Among the many international organizations, the United Nations is the sole institution with universal political jurisdiction. Its global membership confers comprehensive political legitimacy. This special legitimacy gives the United Nations a decisive share in the expansion and further development of common values and norms, which guide international dealings among states and non-state players.
The United Nations is, as a multilateral political forum, as coordinator of and catalyst for shaping political opinion, as operative player and as forum for negotiation, the nexus for setting the international standards of world policy. It stands at the juncture of the most critical and complex issues that confront the world today. For German foreign policy, the United Nations therefore still has a key function. The commitment to the United Nations and for the United Nations is a central tenet of German foreign policy.
Germany therefore takes long-term and substantial part in all areas of the United Nations, be it as the third-largest contributor to the budget of the United Nations, be it through the sending of soldiers, police and civilian personnel to peace missions or be it through sustainable development cooperation for the achievement of the Millennium Goals – to name but a few examples.