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The UN security Council: What is Germany up to?

as Of today, takes on Germany for a month the presidency of the UN security Council. How does this body? And what is Germany up to?

collapse Who is actually sitting in the UN security Council?

In UN security Council seats, a total of 15 members, five permanent and ten non-permanent. The five permanent member States - the USA, Russia, China, Britain and France will also Veto "powers", because you can block with a Veto of the decisions of the Council.

The ten non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for two years after an informal regional key. The Western States, to which Germany is one, there are two seats available to Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of five seats go to the countries of Africa and Asia, which in practice has divided, to Africa three seats to Asian States, two seats. The tenth seat of the non-permanent members, goes to an Eastern European country.

Currently, Germany is working along with the "Veto-powers" with Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, ivory coast, Kuwait, Peru, and Poland.

How does the presidency of the UN security Council?

in Accordance with the principle of rotation is taken every month one of the 15 members of the presidency, and thus the main responsibility for the maintenance of peace in the world. In alphabetical order of the English names of member States. The main task of the presidency to determine the agenda of the security Council and to chair the meetings. The Chairperson speaks on behalf of the security Council with the media. In the event of a crisis, the respective Chairman get political weight, because he respond quickly, and perhaps resolutions, for example, about military intervention on the agenda.

Germany in January 2019, for two years, again a non-permanent member and takes over formally to the presidency in April from France. Formally, therefore, because both countries agreed for the first time in the history of the security Council, to associate your chair. Overarching theme: How the humanitarian System can be strengthened. For example, how to protect humanitarian aid workers in crisis areas and provide you with better access can provide.

At a joint press conference had presented the German and the French Ambassador to the UN, their common themes, and called it "Jumelage". Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas will be leading the first meeting under the German presidency. If he is not just in New York, the sessions are moderated by Ambassador to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, or his Deputy.

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