Today, on Human Rights Day, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will participate in discussions at an international conference on current challenges in protecting human rights: women’s rights, climate change, new technologies and the nexus between economic affairs and human rights.
Borrell chaired the Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels for the first time today as the new High Representative of the EU. Foreign Minister Maas pledged to support him in strengthening the EU’s external relations.
NATO has guaranteed Europe’s security for 70 years. Foreign Minister Maas is advocating a process of reflection in order to ensure that the Alliance remains able to respond to current challenges also in the future.
The COP25 Climate Change Conference is starting in Madrid today. The international community will discuss the further implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement in the Spanish capital. Germany intends to assume a leading role in this regard.
Since 2014, the Körber‑Stiftung has conducted surveys on Germans’ attitudes to foreign-policy developments. The current findings show that there is growing support for more international engagement and that the majority of people in Germany see climate change as the most important challenge.
Heiko Maas took over as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs on 14 March 2018.