Striving for Reform – Germany’s Role in the Security Council

Striving for Reform – Germany’s Role in the Security Council

Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany Jörn Rhode speaking  about its non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2019 /2020 mentioned that Germany’s foreign relations is comprised of “Soft power and hard money, that helps to make soft power successful.” He emphasised that Germany is a middle power which firmly follows multilateralism and a rules based order. Hence Germany aims to make the best use of its membership in the Security Council and “increase influence in Foreign policy decision making”. He made these remarks delivering a special guest lecture on 19th August 2019 at the BIDTI.

The Ambassador added that Germany has keen interest in bringing up thematic areas of ‘Women, Peace and Security’, ‘application of International Humanitarian Law’, ‘Nuclear Disarmament’ as well as ‘Climate Change’ which is a potential threat to us all.

He also stressed the need for reform in the UNSC, and that it is an issue that is yet to be resolved. “We want reform to preserve authority and legitimacy ……to appropriate representation to ensure that the global south is more represented”. “We want to adopt a council to the realities of the 21st century…The Security Council does not represent the current geopolitical realities.”  

Germany, with membership in the UN for over two decades is now the fourth largest contributor to the UN, the second largest donor to development and assistance and a significant contributor to the UN Peacekeeping missions. yet it is not represented. The Ambassador concluded stating that Germany is very committed to its SC membership, and have allocated more resources to increase their influence in foreign policy decision making. 

Foreign minister of Germany Heiko Maas speaking on the 1st January upon gaining their membership of the UNSC stated that “The Security Council is the most important organ of the United Nations for guaranteeing peace and security worldwide. Germany is taking up a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the sixth time – but the expectations placed in us have never been higher. We are well prepared and keen to take on this challenge.” 

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