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Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control

10.08.2018 - Article

Disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation are priorities of German foreign and security policy. Since late July 2018 Susanne Baumann has been Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control.

Susanne Baumann
Susanne Baumann© Th. Imo / photothek.net

Disarmament, arms control and non‑proliferation are priorities of German foreign and security policy. The post of Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control was created in 1965 in recognition of the close link existing between efforts to reunify Germany and disarmament negotiations between the major powers.

Ambassador Susanne Baumann took over as Commissioner and Head of the Federal Foreign Office’s Directorate-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control in late July 2018.

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Germany as an active partner for global disarmament and arms control

Disarmament, arms control and non‑proliferation play an important role in Germany’s foreign and security policy. Germany works with its partners, particularly in the EU and NATO, to strengthen and further develop existing international treaties. New challenges to our common security and new technological developments are creating the need to develop new international rules, something which the Commissioner actively works to achieve.

Germany is committed to the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons. The Federal Government has thus consistently and patiently pursued a step‑by‑step, pragmatic approach to create the conditions and a suitable security policy environment for a world free from nuclear weapons and, for the time being, to reduce the role of nuclear weapons. We also conduct a close dialogue with nuclear-weapon states to achieve this goal.

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