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.
Germany participates actively in other UN efforts for peace and security. Currently, over 3,000 German soldiers are deployed as part of five UN Peacekeeping and a political mission as well as in support of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions. In addition, the German national police are active in three UN missions. Germany’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping makes up around 6 percent of the UN Peacekeeping budget – annually nearly 400 million US Dollars – making it the fourth largest contributor worldwide.
For the German Government, one thing is clear: today’s the complex challenges can only be solved by political processes and integrated solutions that combine all three pillars of the UN. Germany emphasizes the importance of crisis prevention and peacebuilding and is a strong advocate of the Sustaining Peace concept. Germany served as Vice-Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in 2018 and advocates for stronger ties between the Security Council and the PBC. Germany is a strong supporter of the Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund and has been the top donor to the PBF in 2020. Germany's top Peacebuilding priorities are sustainable transitions, cross-border and regional peacebuilding efforts and the inclusion of Women in peace processes, Finally, it is clear for Germany that peacebuilding efforts must always be nationally owned and embedded into local society.
The role of women in peacekeeping and in conflicts is a prime focus of Germany’s UN Security Council membership. The aim is to anchor gender equality, participation and the protection of women as key elements 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.