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12/10/2019

Human Rights Day – high-level human rights conference focuses on issues of the future

In the 21st century, human rights are coming under pressure

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been the basis for the global promotion and protection of human rights ever since it was adopted after the end of the Second World War in 1947.... 

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12/09/2019

High Representative Josep Borrell takes office: Germany supports an active EU foreign policy

Josep Borrell, Spain’s former Foreign Minister, has been the EU’s new High Representative since 1 December. The EU Foreign Ministers met today in Brussels for their monthly meeting, which took place for the first time under Borrell’s chairmanship.... 

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12/09/2019

Normandy summit in Paris: momentum in the peace negotiations

The conflict has been raging in eastern Ukraine for over five years now. It has since claimed over 13,000 lives and has become a sad fact of everyday life for the people in the region. Today, the heads of state or government of Ukraine, Russia,... 

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12/06/2019

Sinjar after IS – how the Federal Foreign Office is helping the Yazidis in Iraq

Even five years after the defeat of IS, this ethnic and religious minority is still suffering from the effects of the atrocities committed by IS and the ongoing difficult security situation in northwest Iraq.

Hundreds of thousands of Yazidis have... 

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12/05/2019

Disarmament and arms control: for a safer world

Disarmament, arms control and nuclear safety are the prerequisites for peaceful co‑existence. No country can tackle any of these issues on its own. Disarmament agreements only make sense if they are signed and respected by all relevant actors.

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12/04/2019

Alive and well at 70: the Transatlantic Alliance

NATO is celebrating its 70th anniversary this week at a meeting of the heads of state and government in London – the first headquarters of the defence alliance. NATO has guaranteed security in the euroatlantic region for decades.

Cohesion of the...  >>


12/04/2019

More people in need than ever before – humanitarian needs in 2020

More people in need than ever before

Ongoing conflicts and a growing number of climate disasters mean that more people than ever now depend on humanitarian assistance. In 2020, this figure will amount to around 168 million people. In order to meet... 

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12/03/2019

The “geopolitical” European Commission gets to work

“We have the responsibility to leave our children a Union that is stronger than the one we have inherited,” Ursula von der Leyen said on 1 December as she took up her mandate, becoming the first woman to lead the European Commission. Now that the... 

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12/02/2019

Taking responsibility and sharing the burden – eight questions on the Global Refugee Forum

A year ago, the vast majority of the world’s countries reached agreement for the first time on a comprehensive framework on refugee issues. The aim of this Global Compact on Refugees is to improve international cooperation on refugee issues and to... 

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12/02/2019

Greater ambition on climate protection

The 25th Climate Change Conference (COP25) is starting in Madrid today (Monday, 2 December). COP25 is intended to send a clear message that more ambition is needed in climate protection. At the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September, 66 states –... 

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11/29/2019

Memorialising and documenting: Support for the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Historical responsibility

To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation, the German Government wants to send the message that Germany recognises its historical responsibility. Germany will thus provide funding for the further restoration and the... 

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11/29/2019

60 years of the Antarctic Treaty – An international success story

The 1959 Antarctic Treaty ended the race for territory in Antarctica. It laid the foundations for scientific cooperation to further investigate the continent and its role in the Earth system and protected Antarctica’s environment and associated... 

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