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The central mandate of the United Nations, safeguarding peace and security, has been the focus of our foreign policy for many decades. Germany plays an active part in the Security Council’s efforts to maintain world peace and international security. We have participated in UN peacekeeping missions for 20 years and make a substantial contribution to their budget (around USD 600 million in 2010). We promote civilian measures aimed at peace and security and are involved in conflict prevention, disarmament and arms control efforts with a particular focus on Africa.
Security and development are inextricably linked. Ensuring fair conditions for all in the wake of globalization is a key aspect of German foreign policy.
The United Nations Millennium Development Goals provide the framework for Germany’s efforts to improve the situation of developing countries worldwide. To achieve goals such as halving extreme poverty by 2015, we have nearly doubled our budget for development cooperation in recent years. Contributing USD 12.3 billion in 2007 and USD 13.9 billion in 2008, Germany was the second-largest donor worldwide in the field of development cooperation both years. Access to clean drinking water and effective water management are important development policy priorities for us. In this area as well, Germany is one of the most important donors.
Germany has recognized the importance of effective climate protection and shaped its policy towards achieving this end. With extensive national emissions reductions and international initiatives, Germany is one of the leading countries worldwide advocating an ambitious multilateral climate policy. The countries most affected by climate change, particularly island and desert states, can count on our support. Germany worked to establish the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in addition to other initiatives.
Strengthening international law and protecting human rights are other key elements of German policy at the United Nations.
In all issues concerning humankind’s future, for example crisis prevention and management, the protection of human rights, disarmament and climate protection, the international community can count on us. For we are convinced that the United Nations must play a central role in solving global problems. This conviction is the foundation of our candidature for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.