Focus on peacekeeping: Foreign Minister Maas is travelling to New York

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29.03.2019 - Article

How can United Nations peace missions be strengthened? Over 100 states are discussing that very question in New York.

Leaving Berlin: Foreign Minister Maas is travelling to New York
Leaving Berlin: Foreign Minister Maas is travelling to New York© Thomas Imo/photothek.net

Representatives of over 100 states are meeting in New York today to discuss how peace missions can be strengthened, both with the necessary resources and through political support. Gaps in the training peacekeepers receive are to be closed, and the proportion of women in peace missions is to be increased. Around 60 states are sending ministers to the meeting, the fifth in this format.For Foreign Minister Heiko Maas it is an important event: after all, crisis prevention and peacebuilding are key focuses of Germany’s Security Council membership.

Working for peace and security

They provide support when peace agreements are concluded, protect the civilian population, ensure humanitarian access and help with the development of rule-of-law institutions: more than 100,000 peacekeepers from 123 countries are working in 14 peace missions around the world, all under the auspices of the United Nations.

UN peace missions are vital instruments for stabilising countries in conflict situations and creating enduring conditions for peace and security. Germany is one of the largest contributors to the United Nations and also provides personnel for peace missions. German police officers and soldiers are currently involved in nine of the 14 missions worldwide.

MINUSMA: guarantor of peace in Mali

In the afternoon, the Security Council will be discussing the situation in Mali and the future of the UN MINUSMA mission. The aim is to work with the Government and armed forces of Mali to further improve the situation in the country.

Franco-German friendship in New York

The Foreign Minister’s trip is important for another reason, too: France, Germany’s close partner, has held the presidency of the UN Security Council in March, so this peacekeeping conference is taking place in the final phase of the French presidency. Germany will take over the presidency at the beginning of April.

The two countries coordinated closely to fix the priorities for their presidencies in successive months. This is a project which breathes life into the Treaty of Aachen and the strong Franco-German friendship at international level, too. Working together like this, the two countries want to contribute to peace and security.

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On 8 June 2018, Germany was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-20 term. This is the sixth time that the country has assumed major responsibility for peace and security in this function.

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