Foreign Policy Issues

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Germany's Foreign Policy

Recognizing political and humanitarian crises as early as possible and taking appropriate action is a key goal of German foreign policy. Our bilateral and international commitments are mutually complementary: we see decisions at the United Nations flanking humanitarian aid efforts and strengthening international law as much a priority as fostering international understanding through our cultural relations policy.

Human Rights Council

Germany’s human rights policy

Human rights policy is the responsibility of all policymakers in Germany: there can be no “human rights-free zones” either in foreign policy, security policy or in any other policy field.

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Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian aid is designed to help people in dire need as a result of natural disasters, epidemics, armed conflict or internal unrest. Providing emergency aid for people in dire need as a result of natural disasters, epidemics, armed conflict or internal unrest is one of the Federal Foreign Office's top priorities.

Foreign Policy Issues

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The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel

German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

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On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit