Germany assumes chairmanship of the UN Security Council

For the first time in almost seven years, Germany will be running the UN Security Council for a month from this Monday.

New York – Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas takes over the presidency in New York from French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.┬áThe two countries have agreed, however, that their successive leadership periods should be understood as a joint “double presidency” for two months.

Germany has been a member of the most important UN body since the beginning of the year for two years and is one of ten changing members. In contrast, France is one of the five permanent members with the right of veto, in addition to the USA, Russia, China and Great Britain. The Security Council is primarily concerned with crisis management and peacekeeping.

These topics are particularly important to Germany

Germany will chair the meetings of the Security Council by the end of April and can decisively shape the agenda beyond the current crises and set its own agenda. The Federal Government has set itself the task of highlighting the issues of sexual violence against women in conflicts as well as disarmament and arms control.

Most recently, Germany held the chairmanship of the Security Council in September 2012. Next summer, another one-month period will follow at the top of the panel. Germany applies every two years for a two-year membership of the Security Council – so far always with success.