The United Nations is a key pillar of German foreign policy as the only international organization whose actions enjoy universal legitimacy. Learn more about the activities and objectives Germany is pursuing in the United Nations.
Regional conflicts, fragile or collapsed states, armed conflicts, terrorism and organized crime – all have grave consequences for the people who suffer under them. They also threaten the security and stability of entire regions and peoples.
Disarmament and arms control are central elements of the architecture of global security. They are not simply concerns of the past, but remain an essential part of global security.
More than one billion people in the world – almost one in five – have to live on less than 1.25 US dollars per day. Every day thousands of young children die of hunger and illnesses. Poverty reduction is therefore a cornerstone of Germany's engagement at the UN.
Promotion and protection of human rights is a central pillar of German foreign policy. In the UN, Germany works in the General Assembly and as a member of the Human Rights and Security Councils to protect human rights around the world.
Natural catastrophes and military conflicts have, in recent years, led to a steady increase in the number of people around the world who are dependent upon humanitarian assistance. A functioning international humanitarian system is therefore gaining ever greater importance.
The United Nations was founded in the wake of two world wars and at the precipice of the Cold War. Its design, organs, and daily operation reflect the balance of power and the international structures of that time.