The main entrance of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
The primary goal of German foreign policy is to preserve peace and security in the world. The expanded concept of security covers not only questions of conflict prevention, defense, disarmament and arms controls, but also economic, ecological, social and human rights issues.
The current issue of DE Magazin Deutschland focuses on the subject of human rights. The DE feature highlights Germany’s wide-ranging support for the protection of human rights and describes in reports, analyses and interviews why human rights questions are a central part of German foreign policy, how Germany protects human rights and where the Federal Government is especially active.
Human rights – Germany’s global commitment
On 3 October 1990 the GDR acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany. Much has changed since then – nationally and internationally.
It looks almost like a hand about to take flight on a breeze – as light and delicate as a feather. This effect has not been achieved by accident, as the creator of the winning logo has combined the universally recognized symbols of a hand and a bird. His name is Predrag Stakić, and he has now been honoured in New York as the winner of the global competition to find a human rights logo.
Human Rights Logo
At the start of Germany’s two-year term as a member of the United Nations Security Council, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle today (2 January) issued the following statement:
Germany in the UN Security Council