50 years of Germany in the UN
On September 18, 2023, the Federal Republic will celebrate 50 years of UN membership. 50 years in which Germany became an important player in the UN, sat on the Security Council six times and played a key role in the UN agenda. Be it the commitment to peace, stability and conflict resolution or the advocacy of values and the further development of norms and structures, Germany has achieved a lot within the UN network, has proven itself to be a credible and reliable partner and has developed into an important mediator in the UN.
But the UN faces significant challenges that are becoming increasingly numerous, complex and serious. How the UN deals with Russia is crucial for the future viability of the world organization. After the Second World War, the League of Nations became obsolete. An enforceable international order based on clear rules was to be built and secured through the United Nations. Normatively and structurally, the development from the League of Nations to the United Nations was a quantum leap. It remains to be seen, whether the UN will meet the current and upcoming challenges and remain capable of making decisions and taking action. Can the global community come together and advocate for peace? In this crucial phase of change, Germany must be a protector, amplifier and driver of reforms within the UN.
Please note, to date the paper is only available in german.