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Peace and security

German foreign policy is a policy for peace, and to this end the Federal Government is active in many bodies.

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United Nations

Since becoming a full member of the United Nations in 1973, Germany has worked hard to help promote the UN’s goals and values – peace, human rights, freedom, justice and development – with the aim of ensuring that they are respected and upheld around the world. more

Germany's OSCE Chairmanship 2016

Germany has assumed the chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016. It has been a member of the OSCE Troika since the beginning of 2015. The Federal Government has appointed Gernot Erler as the Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship. more

The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO)

Following the end of the Cold War, NATO has been changing to meet the security policy challenges of our time. more

The Council of Europe

Since 1949 it has been working to promote the rule of law, human rights and democracy throughout Europe. more

Civilian crisis prevention and conflict resolution

Crisis prevention is a core component of Germany’s peace policy. Together with its international partners, Germany endeavours to prevent and de-escalate conflicts. more

Disarmament and Arms Control

In view of the numerous potential conflicts simmering around the world, it is more important than ever to advance disarmament and non-proliferation. Doing so is a key aim of German foreign policy.

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