Armed conflicts, fragile or collapsed states, terrorism and organized crime affect millions of people around the world. They also pose a threat to international peace and security.
Maintaining world peace and international security is the central task of the United Nations. To preserve peace, the Charter of the United Nations establishes a system of collective security with the Security Council as its central body. The Council is composed of 15 Member States of the United Nations, among them the five Permanent Members China, France, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom. For the fifth time since its accession to the United Nations as a full member in 1973, Germany has served a term as a Non-Permanent Member of the Security Council in 2011/12.
Germany participates constantly and actively in the United Nations’ efforts for peace and security, namely through the deployment of currently about 5,000 soldiers, police officers and civilian experts as part of peace-keeping missions mandated by the United Nations. As the fourth-largest contributor to the peace-keeping budget, Germany contributes significantly to financing the “blue helmets.”
The German Government is convinced that today’s complex challenges cannot be resolved through military means alone. Thus, Germany places equal emphasis on peace building, crisis prevention and recovery. Germany chaired the Peace Building Commission in 2010 and supports early recovery of post-crisis societies through its humanitarian and development assistance.
The UN Security Council regularly considers the role of women in peacekeeping and conflicts, thus demonstrating that gender equality and the protection of women are key aspects of foreign and security policy.
Building a well-trained, democratically-controlled and effective police force that respects the rule of law is therefore essential to build citizens' trust and foster durable peace. Thus, Germany promotes UN policing as a crucial part of peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
In a letter to the UN Security Council, Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland express concern over the short-term risk of a gap in the occupation of the Office of the Ombudsperson in the Al-Qaida sanctions regime and call for the improvement of the institutional independence of the Office.