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For peace, justice, partnership and innovation: Germany elected non-permanent member of UN Security Council

12.06.2018 - Article

The election of the non-permanent members of the Security Council took place in the United Nations General Assembly on June 8, 2018, which Foreign Minister Maas also attended.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas submits his vote in the elections for the non-permanent members of the Security Council.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas submits his vote in the elections for the non-permanent members of the Security Council.© Thomas Trutschel/photothek.net

It was the third time Maas had visited the United Nations since taking office. And for good reason: the election of the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council took place in the United Nations General Assembly on Friday. 

With its five permanent members and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms, the Security Council is the only body whose decisions are binding under international law. Germany was elected as one of five new non-permanent members. South Africa, Belgium, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia also gained seats.

Germany: Member of the United Nations Security Council 2019-2020.
Germany: Member of the United Nations Security Council 2019-2020.© FFO

Active contribution to peace and security

With its seat on the Security Council, Germany wants to support the central organ of international politics and engage in forward-looking and comprehensive conflict management.

Particularly at a time in which key actors are distancing themselves from or trying to reinterpret the multilateral system, Germany wants to play a part in overcoming polarisation in the Security Council and work to ensure the body remains strong and able to act in times marked by numerous international crises. That is why the Federal Government is also supporting the reform efforts of UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas with Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas with Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations.© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

Ready for more responsibility

Germany is ready to make an active contribution to peace and security in the Security Council. Even now, Germany is strongly engaged in the United Nations whether politically, financially or increasingly in terms of personnel: as the fourth-largest contributor to the regular and peacekeeping budgets, but also as the world’s second-largest donor of humanitarian assistance. What is more, Germany is now one of the Western countries providing the largest number of troops for peacekeeping.