Peace and security

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


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

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.


The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO)

The North Atlantic Alliance is a central pillar of Germany’s security and defence policy. With its current 28 members, NATO is an important guarantor of security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.  more

The Council of Europe

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


The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was preceded by the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), which adopted the Helsinki Final Act at its Summit in 1975. more

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