Learn more about the United Nations, as well as Germany's and Europe's role in the organisation.
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Security and non-proliferation, environment and climate change, sustainable development and human rights – the central challenges of our time – require global solutions, and for many of them, the United Nations is indispensible.
The United Nations is not only to be found overlooking the East River or onto Lake Geneva. The UN is also located in Germany-mainly in Bonn, where over 1000 UN staff members are active especially in development and environmental policies.
With the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon on December 1, 2009, the European Union assumed all rights and duties of the European Community, among them its status within the United Nations – whereby it retains all the existing rights and duties of the European Community.
193 countries - almost all the states in the world, are members of the United Nations. Read more about the United Nations' composition and its principal organs.