Foreign Minister Maas left for New York on Tuesday (27 March) to promote Germany’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council at the United Nations (UN). “Germany is ready and willing to shoulder greater responsibility,” Maas said prior to his departure. For the sixth time, Germany aims to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council, this time for the 2019-2020 term. The non-permanent members will be elected on 8 June.
Germany is in a strong position
In order to mobilise support for Germany’s candidacy in New York, Foreign Minister Maas will hold talks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and a large number of UN ambassadors. Germany has a strong position in the UN thanks to its great commitment and support to the organisation. Not only is Germany the world’s second-largest donor of humanitarian assistance, it is also one of the largest contributors to the UN budget. Furthermore, Germany plays a crucial role as a troop-contributing nation to a large number of UN peacekeeping missions.
Key interest for Germany
“We want to play a part in tackling the great challenges to peace and security,” Maas said on Tuesday. Strengthening the UN is a key German foreign policy interest, he added. On Wednesday (28 March), he will attend a Security Council debate on the future of UN peace missions. He will also hold talks with Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN.
Peace, justice, innovation and partnership
As a non-permanent Security Council member, Germany would aim to foster the four main goals of peace, justice, innovation and partnership. Germany would also see itself as an advocate for common European foreign policy in the Security Council.