The first year of Germany’s temporary seat on the UN Security Council is already over. On the Federal Government’s agenda for the second year are, among other things, the strengthening of international humanitarian law, the defence of humanitarian principles and the promotion of the UN’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. These issues are also of central importance from the perspective of German humanitarian organisations.
However, the priorities chosen by Germany often compete with the security, economic and domestic policy interests of the government. The disputes of recent months over the arms export moratorium imposed on Saudi Arabia in the context of the Yemen crisis have shown this in an exemplary way. Furthermore, Germany’s efforts are also constrained by the power-political interests of the five veto powers, as the recent struggle over the extension of the Syria resolution on cross-border aid has clearly shown.
The halfway point is a good time to discuss and critically review the work done by the German government in the UN Security Council to date, taking Syria, Yemen and the WPS agenda as examples: Has the Federal Government made progress on its own priority issues? And what will happen in the second year of Germany’s seat?
- to jointly examine Germany’s work to date in the UN Security Council and draw up a critical mid-term review,
- to discuss concrete needs for action and “lessons learned” for the second year,
- to provide a civil society contribution to humanitarian issues at UN level.
CHA Director Ralf Südhoff is going to facilitate the discussion. Chatham House Rules apply.
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