Human rights

Only the protection of human rights can guarantee stability and peace. It is also a prerequisite for successful sustainable development.

Humanitarian aid

One of the Federal Foreign Office’s most important tasks is to bring help quickly to people who are in desperate need due to natural disaster, armed conflict or civil unrest. more

Civilian crisis prevention

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


Cultural relations and education policy is an essential pillar of German foreign policy. It strengthens the intercultural dialogue and is ment to draw permanent attention to Germany and Europe abroad.

World economy

Germany is integrated into the world economy and dependent on its growth to a greater extent than many other countries. In view of political conflicts it is truer today, more than ever, that trade and a dense network of economic links create trust and stabilize international relations. more

Energy security and climate protection

The increasing use of fossil fuels accelerates climate change, with grave consequences for many parts of the world.

Refugee and migration issues

Combating the causes of flight and raising awareness in countries of origin - these are the priorities of German foreign policy. more


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.


Combating terrorism

International terrorism and cross-border organized crime are both major challenges for the international community.

2030 Agenda

In September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Summit adopted new international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period from 2015. Their objective is to improve everyone’s lives and, at the same time, to protect our planet. more


The increasing use of fossil fuels accelerates climate change, with grave consequences for many parts of the world. Renewable energy will play a key role in the future. more

Environmental protection

Protecting the environment means safeguarding livelihoods, preventing conflict and actively building security. more

International cyber policy

All over the world, the spread of digital technology and the resulting growth in connectivity are increasingly shaping the way we think and act. more

International Law

A key component of international law is humanitarian international law. It aims to minimize the suffering caused by war. more

Global health policy

Globalization makes it necessary for foreign policy to address health policy issues. International cooperation can effectively contains cross-border health risks. more

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