Foreign Policy

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin Enlarge image Federal Foreign Office, Berlin (© dpa/pa) Peace and freedom are the focal points of German foreign policy. They can only be guaranteed through cooperation in a spirit of trust and a fair balancing of interests with our partners in the United Nations, NATO, G8, OSCE and EU.

German Security Council candidature logo

Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

Human Rights Council

Germany’s human rights policy

Human rights policy is the responsibility of all policymakers in Germany: there can be no “human rights-free zones” either in foreign policy, security policy or in any other policy field.

Demonstration gegen die Todesstrafe in Pakistan (Archivbild)

Draft of a common statement for publication in the daily newspapers of the respective countries

Joint Call for the Abolition of the Death Penalty There are struggles that cannot be won single-handedly. One of these is the fight against capital punishment. A lone warrior could not have succeeded in convincing so many countries to eliminate the death penalty.

Foreign Policy


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Germany's Role in the United Nations

UN logo on office building in Bonn

The United Nations is a coordinator of and catalyst for shaping political opinion, an operative player and a forum for negotiation. Germany takes long-term and substantial part in all areas of the United Nations and is the third-largest contributor to the budget of the United Nations.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

Internationaler Gerichtshof in Den Haag

The ICJ in The Hague is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. As a member of the United Nations, Germany is also a party to the Court's Statute.   When does the ICJ have jurisdiction?...