On 31 December 2020, Germany’s two-year term as a member of the United Nations Security Council will come to an end. We look back here on two eventful years, ranging from the Berlin Process on Libya and a new political mission in the Sudan to our endeavours against sexual violence.
During the visit by the Irish Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas symbolically hands over the “baton” of membership for non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to Ireland. Relations of the two countries and the EU with the UK are also on the agenda.
Today’s meeting between Heiko Maas and António Guterres is to focus on COVID‑19, human rights and peace policy. They will also review Germany’s term as a member of the Security Council.
On 2 December 2020, the German Government adopted the 14th report on its human rights policy. One focus of the report is Germany’s commitment to human rights in the UN Security Council. Furthermore, the report looks at the future priorities in Germany’s human rights engagement.
The United Nations was founded 75 years ago. When it comes to solving global issues, the world’s largest multilateral organisation is more important than ever today.
Global health, climate and security, and sexual violence in conflicts: all these issues were on the agenda during the German Presidency of the Security Council in July. In addition, the cross-border resolution on Syria was extended, ensuring access for humanitarian assistance.