Since the beginning of 2019, Germany has been an elected member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term. The framework conditions are difficult: the number of violent state and non-state conflicts is at a historically high level. At the same time, conflicts with and between the major powers are rendering the Security Council incapable of taking action on key issues.
Moreover, the elected members have only limited influence. Nonetheless, the skilful use of diplomatic instruments and initiatives can certainly set important trends. In their contributions, the authors of the report discuss the extent to which Germany has so far succeeded in putting its own priority issues on the agenda and in advancing the management of current conflicts. They draw up a mid-term review and present recommendations for 2020.