Germany has been part of the United Nations for 50 years. On this occasion, the Foreign Minister reminds us of the idea of the UN.
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called on partners around the world to further develop the United Nations together on the 50th anniversary of Germany’s accession to the UN.
“When we joined 50 years ago, we Germans made a promise to take responsibility for the United Nations,” writes the Green politician in a guest article on Germany’s accession to the United Nations on September 18, 1973. Today we want this promise ” “with courage and confidence” and together with our partners “to fill out anew in a changed world”.
Baerbock’s contribution should be published internationally this weekend in various media, including in South Africa and Argentina. It was available to the German Press Agency. The 50th anniversary of Germany’s accession to the UN was to be celebrated this Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. In addition to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Baerbock, other German ministers are taking part in the discussions as part of the UN Week in New York.
Universal belief: everyone has equal rights
More and more states with different perspectives are claiming to help shape the international order, explained Baerbock. “It is long overdue that their voices are heard more.” That is why Germany wants to strengthen its partnerships worldwide with states that rely on an international order based on rules and law.
The Federal Foreign Minister emphasized that this order is not a “Western ideology,” as some have claimed, but is based on the UN Charter and thus on the universal belief that all states and people have equal rights. This is regardless of how powerful the states are. “For us Germans, these principles are also a lesson from World War II and the atrocities that National Socialist Germany inflicted on its neighbors,” she explained.
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