Germany's candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2019/20

04.01.2018 - Article
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On 8 June 2018, Germany was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-20 term. Peace, justice, innovation, partnership - these are the things Germany wants to play in the United Nations.© Federal Foreign Office / dpa

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. On 27 June 2016, former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced in Hamburg his candidacy for the 2019/20 period. The elections are expected to take place in the General Assembly in June 2018. The renewed candidature(Germany's last seat in the Security Council had been in 2011/12) is a demonstration of our political will to make an contribution  to peace and security in the face of all the challenges the Security Council has to address. Our renewed membership would underline our position and influence in the United Nations.

Upon invitation of the Leibniz Institute for Global and Regional Studies (GIGA) during the „GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series“, at the Hamburg City Hall, Steinmeier emphasized in his speech the importance of the UN Security Council:

„We need the United Nations and the Security Council more than ever to seek peace during these times of upheaval. and while the UN Security Council has come under increasing criticism and, indeed, is sometimes blocked, it remains the only Body able to decide on internationally legally binding measures for conflict prevention and stability of peace.  

Despite all the skepticism: last year, the Council passed 60 out of 63 resolutions by consensus. The Security Council is the central global crisis manager! “

This is especially important for Germany according to Steinmeier: „Germany, being economically and politically and socially closely connected with the rest of the world - some studies even say Germany is the most connected country in the world - is therefore particularly dependent on a functioning, peaceful and rule-based international order.  We therefore have to do all the more for the preservation and further development of this order. “

The breadth of Germany's engagement in the United Nations can be summed up by the terms „peace, justice, partnership and innovation“. They are the guiding principles of our campaign for election to the Security Council.  

In a world „gone off the rails“,

Graphic presentation of the UN Security Council
Graphic presentation of the UN Security Council© Bundesregierung

the international community is challenged more than ever before to work together to address conventional and new security challenges. Germany is a reliable Partner in this endeavour.  We have been contributing both personnel and funding to peace missions for almost 30 years now.  Conflict prevention, stabilization, post-conflict peacebuilding and arms control are among the pillars of our foreign policy.


Germany is committed to a functioning, values-based global order. Human rights are the foundation of our global coexistance. Gender equality and the self-determination of all women and girls, social inclusion as well as economic social and cultural rights are among the fundamental values which we stand up for around the globe each and every day.


One of our main concerns is climate policy. The legally binding agreement negotiated in Paris sets important parameters for a genuinely sustainable energy supply worldwide.

As a founding member of the United Nations Environment Programme, we share our wide range of experiences and ambitions as a pioneer in the area of renewable energies. Equal and high-quality education for all children and young people is another of our top priorities. These are issues which, at first glance, may not appear to be relevant to security but which are key to peaceful and free societies. For there can be no security without access to education and water, or without a healthy environment.


Germany is the world's Partner.

Session of the UN Security Council
Session of the UN Security Council© picture alliance / dpa

To us, partnership means working with other nations on an equal footing. We want to learn and we want to make our experience available to serve development. We therefore see development policy as an investment in the future: development policy means creating structures, sharing knowledge and ideas and helping People to help themselves. Germany wants and is able to help to give the world a more humane face. This includes treating refugees justly and humanely. The causes of flight to have to be dealt with in the countries of origin. Germany thefore makes a substaintial contribution towards relief organisations such as the Office of the Untied Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme. .

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