According to the United Nations, Yemen is currently experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. The conflict has taken the country to the brink of collapse. Today, the international community is holding a pledging event to address the humanitarian emergency.
The UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund supports efforts to build peace around the world. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas are today chairing a Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund to cover its requirements over the coming years.
In September, the UN states will debate the issue of strengthening renewable energies. In the run-up to this event, Germany is assuming responsibility for the theme “global energy transition”.
Women work invisibly behind the scenes to promote peace, but they are often underrepresented in formal peace negotiations. A new United Nations funding mechanism aims to change this. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is taking part in today’s online launch of the Rapid Response Window.
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.
This year's General Assembly of the United Nations must take place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Video recording of the speech by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.