International policies

Junge Menschen aus aller Welt in traditionellen Kostümen mit Landesfahnen Enlarge image (© UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras) Since 1945 Germany's role in the wider world has changed radically. The country is no longer the "enemy state" of 1945 or the accession state of 1973 and especially since unification, it has developed into one of the staunchest advocates of multilateralism under the banner of the United Nations.


Asia in German foreign policy

Asia’s global importance Asia plays a central role in international politics. With a population of more than 3.5 billion people, the continent is home to more than half the global population and imme...

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Refugee crisis - what German foreign policy is doing

There have never been so many people who have fled their homes since the end of World War Two. The refugee crisis cannot be solved by national legislation alone but requires an international approach ...

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Climate change – a foreign policy challenge

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and also a key foreign policy task. While the climate has undergone many shifts over the course of the earth’s history, it has chan...

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Human rights – a cornerstone of German foreign policy

Some things are non-negotiable: Germany continues to campaign assiduously for human rights around the world. Indeed, working for human rights is not.  It was a vision of a better world that brought m...

Major global issues

Globalization has increased the interconnectedness of peoples and countries — the impact of political decisions and economic and social developments is increasingly felt in faraway lands. Efforts to cooperate rather than confront are thus important.

German policy in the United Nations

German foreign policy is peace policy. In collaboration with its partners, Germany is active in the United Nations and other organizations, in pursuit of a fair, peaceful and stable international order.

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Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers met in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.

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German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit

International policies

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The UN in Bonn

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Since 1994 when the law dividing up ministries and institutions between Bonn and Berlin was passed, it hasn't been a one-way street to Berlin. Bonn has reinvented itself as the United Nations' base in Germany.