Heiko Mass took the floor at the UN Security Council in New York

Promoting friendship between France and Germany

February 05th, 2019
Kristina Jochmannová, News from Berlin
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To represent Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday January 24th. As Germany starts its two-year membership of the Security Council, he underlined the country´s interest in playing an active role. The priority was laid on the impact of climate change on security and combating sexual violence.

Resources are becoming scarcer all over the world as a result of global warming. That causes many disputes on resource distribution. For that reason Maas promoted Germany´s approach as he wanted to convince the Security Council to do more concerning constant analysis of climate-related threats, and establishment of an early warning system.

Another point was made about the fight against the impunity of sexual violence. As raping is often used as a weapon in wars against women and girls as well as men and boys, to tackle sexual violence in conflicts more effectively has become a priority for Germany. For that reason Foreign Minister Maas aimed to persuade the Security Council to address this topic more extensively and to develop more effective counter-strategies. For example, Germany intends to support initiatives that record cases of sexual violence in wars and hold the perpetrators to account.


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