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.
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.
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.