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Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the United Nations general debate in New York

20.09.2016 - Article

Over 130 Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, where they will address the most pressing global issues at the highest level.

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“It’s the World Cup of diplomacy,” said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Over 130 Heads of State and Government from all over the world are expected to attend the 71st United Nations General Assembly at the East River in New York. The crises and wars in the Middle East, the refugee situation, migration, and worldwide security – the most pressing global issues will be addressed at the highest level in New York.

The international community’s world stage

World stage, negotiation arena, back rooms – in the coming days, the area around the East River in Manhattan in New York will become a stamping ground for politicians from around the globe. Diplomats have been hard at work for months in the background on the texts that will now be adopted as resolutions and declarations.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier will represent Germany at the United Nations General Assembly, where he will give a speech to the world’s Heads of State and Government. In addition to the major debate at the General Assembly, a large number of other important conferences, meetings and negotiations will be held. For example, Foreign Minister Steinmeier will co-host a summit on issues concerning refugees and migration with US President Obama and attend a meeting of the International Syria Support Group. He will also launch an important project for future German foreign policy – Germany is applying for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2019/20 term. Foreign Minister Steinmeier will launch the campaign and explain Germany’s plans for its work on the Security Council to his counterparts.

“We need the United Nations”

Prior to his departure for New York, Foreign Minister Steinmeier made clear that there was currently no shortage of challenges for the international community given the large number of trouble spots around the world. This made the United Nations all the more important as a comprehensive framework for joint action. “Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen – these are all keywords for crises and conflicts that we need to address. And by ‘we’, I do not just mean we Europeans. We also need the United Nations for this. We need peaceful solutions and we need rules for a more peaceful world. This is why the United Nations is important.”

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