The international community faces many conflicts and problems – climate change, displacement, migration and terrorism. These topics are closely interconnected. Resource scarcity is a cause of conflicts. Humanitarian disasters, which are increasing as a result of climate change, lead to migration and refugee flows. On Monday (14 May), Foreign Minister Maas held talks with UN Ambassadors from Africa, Europe and the Pacific region on what is needed in order to support the UN in crisis prevention, stabilisation and humanitarian aid.
Joint challenges call for joint solutions
All countries are affected by the problems and conflicts in one way or another. In view of the threat caused by rising sea levels, the Ambassador from the Marshall Islands was particularly interested in Germany’s endeavours to combat climate change, while the Ambassadors from Colombia, Mozambique and Tunisia were most interested in peacebuilding projects. There is no doubt that challenges can only be overcome together, which is why the international community must work as a team. Germany believes that the best way to do so is to strengthen the United Nations’ rules-based order. During his last visit to New York, Foreign Minister Maas had underlined that “we need the United Nations to play a greater role – not a smaller one.”
Germany is willing to take on more responsibility
For this reason, Germany also supports António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in his reform agenda aimed at making the organisation more efficient and effective. Germany is ready and willing to shoulder more responsibility. In recent years, it has more than tripled its budget for crisis prevention, stabilisation and humanitarian aid to 2.5 billion euros in 2017. Furthermore, Germany is applying for the sixth time for a two-year seat on the UN Security Council. New non-permanent members will be elected for the 2019-2020 term on 8 June.