German OSCE Chairmanship 2016
In 2016, Germany had the responsible task of holding the OSCE Chairmanship. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2016 was the then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He was assisted by the Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship, Gernot Erler. Gernot Erler will remain our OSCE Special Representative in 2017. Germany’s OSCE Ambassador Eberhard Pohl headed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna during Germany’s Chairmanship
Speech by Germany's OSCE Special Representative Gernot Erler at the UN Security Council
On 21 February 2017 the issue of conflicts in Europe was discussed at the UN Security Council in New York, which convened under Ukrainian Chairmanship. In this context, the German OSCE Special Representative Gernot Erler delivered a speech in which he called for close cooperation between the UN and regional organisations in order to improve conflict prevention and settlement. He urged all participants to the meeting to solve conflicts on the basis of international law and OSCE commitments. Find here the text of the full speech.
Speech by Special Representative Erler at the UN Security Council [pdf, 227.81k]
Statement by Ambassador Pohl on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On 26 January 2017, one day ahead of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the current Chair of IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu from Romania, addressed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. On this occasion, Germany’s OSCE Ambassador Eberhard Pohl stressed in his reply to Constantinescu: “For Germany, “NEVER AGAIN” is the driving force for our commitment to a united Europe and for our awareness that freedom and rule of law, plurality and tolerance are of paramount importance.”
During the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship, Germany had made promoting tolerance, diversity and non-discrimination, in particular combatting anti-Semitism, a priority. An important project by ODIHR, which is supported by Germany, is “Words into Action”.
Statement by Ambassador Pohl [pdf, 240.87k]
Evaluation Report: Human Rights in Germany
During the OSCE Chairmanship Germany made an independent evaluation of the implementation of OSCE-committments in the Human Dimension. With that it followed the examples by the Swiss (2014) and Serbian (2015) Chairmanships.
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council