Minister of State Roth in New York: nuclear non‑proliferation, peace missions and the European-American partnership

27.04.2015 - Article

Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth travelled to New York on 27 and 28 April for the United Nations Nuclear Non‑Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Minister of State Roth giving his speech to the United Nations
Minister of State Roth giving his speech to the United Nations© AA

The Review Conference on the 1970 Treaty on the Non‑Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons takes place every five years. At the beginning of the conference, representatives of numerous countries called for the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons. In his speech to the delegates at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Minister of State Roth addressed the importance of joint engagement:

“The Treaty, with its three pillars of disarmament, non‑proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy, is now more important than ever. We must be resolute in combating any abuses, something which Germany is doing together with our partners in the EU and G7.”

  • Click here to read Minister of State Michael Roth’s speech.

Perspectives on Europe from across the Atlantic

During his visit to the United States, Roth took the opportunity to meet pupils from the German School and members of the American Council on Germany (ACG) to discuss Europe. They certainly were not lacking conversation topics: refugee policy, economic crisis, international conflicts, TTIP to name but a few.

Roth made clear how important cooperation between the EU and US was in these fields. He went on to say:

Roth with pupils from the German School
Roth with pupils from the German School© AA

“Talking to young people, civil society and think tanks is particularly important to me. Our European-American friendship should not be taken for granted. We will only find good solutions together if we understand each other better and nurture this dialogue.”

  • Click here to read his speech to the ACG.

At the invitation of the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, Minister of State Roth will also take part in a panel discussion on United Nations peace missions.

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