On Wednesday evening in New York, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced an important future project of German foreign policy: Germany is seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2019–2020 term.
At the opening event of the campaign, the German Foreign Minister described what his country aimed to do as a member of the Security Council, with a view to garnering support for the candidacy.
“A demonstration of Germany’s commitment to the United Nations”
“We want to stand up to face up to our responsibility and help work towards peace and justice,” Steinmeier said. Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2019–2020 term is a “demonstration of our commitment to an organisation that is more important than ever. We need the United Nations if mediation work for peace and security in this crisis-ridden world is even to remain a possibility.”
He went on to emphasise that Germany is not only one of the most active nations when it comes to conflict resolution, stabilisation and post-conflict engagement. It is also one of the biggest humanitarian donors worldwide. “We are visibly involved and committed, and through this we have earned goodwill and support.” Steinmeier said he had held initial meetings with counterparts during the opening week of the UN General Assembly. “I think there will be strong support for Germany’s candidacy.”
The slogan: “Peace, justice, partnership and innovation”
The key elements of the campaign are “peace, justice, partnership and innovation”. They reflect the breadth of Germany’s commitment to the United Nations. Germany’s renewed candidacy demonstrates its strong political desire to actively contribute to peace, security and justice with regard to all of the challenges that are addressed by the Security Council.
Germany’s efforts focus on forging close partnerships and strengthening global institutions and order. Another hallmark of German foreign policy is promoting innovative approaches and solutions, also in the spheres of technology, renewables, the climate, and the environment. A seat on the 2019–2020 Security Council would underscore Germany’s position and influence in the United Nations. Elections for the non-permanent Security Council seats for the 2019–2020 term are expected to be held in the General Assembly in June 2018. Germany’s last seat on the Security Council was during the 2011–2012 term.
Meeting of the G4: reform of the Security Council is necessary
“The present composition of the Security Council reflects the situation in 1945, immediately after the end of the Second World War. However, the world has changed over the past 70 years”, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said at a meeting of the G4 foreign ministers (Germany, Brazil, India and Japan) on the margins of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (21 September).
Steinmeier and his colleagues agreed that, if the Security Council is to credibly reflect and represent the present-day world, it must change. The G4 therefore decided to further intensify their efforts towards reform of the Security Council. The various regions of the world, as well as medium-sized and smaller countries, should be given equal representation. Germany, Brazil, India and Japan also support each other’s efforts to attain a permanent seat on the Security Council.