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There is still a lot to do in the field of women’s rights and gender equality, both internationally and in the Federal Foreign Office. “Women’s rights are one of the most pressing political issues of our time,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Every day, two cases of sexualized violence are recorded in the conflict-hit regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Germany is tackling the topic of sexualized violence in conflicts in the UN Security Council via Resolution 2467.
The worst locust infestation in decades is currently destroying crops and pastureland in the Horn of Africa. There is a risk of famine in the region. Germany has made available two million euro for emergency aid to help tackle this infestation, writes the German Foreign Office.
The Biafra War (1967-1970) in Nigeria led to a humanitarian crisis and the world’s largest civilian airlift. As a result, groundbreaking reforms were launched in humanitarian assistance.
Whether it be the fight against sexual violence, or disarmament – Germany has used the first year of its term on the Security Council to advance key issues. The second year’s focus will be on disarmament, crisis prevention and preserving the international order.
The first Global Refugee Forum of the United Nations is taking place in Geneva one year after the adoption of the Compact. The objective is to achieve an equitable sharing of the responsibility and burden in refugee issues at the international level.
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