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Peace and security

Together with its partners, Germany champions peace, security, democracy, and human rights the world over.

Frieden und Sicherheit
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At a glance

Multilateral cooperation

The central objective of German foreign policy is to ensure peace and security in the world. The basic coordinates of its actions include the country’s comprehensive integration into multilateral structures for cooperation.

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Commitment to peace and security

Germany participates widely in multilateral cooperation and promotes democracy, and human rights all over the world.

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Europaflagge
Joint European action

With regard to foreign and security policy, Germany champions a united stance. 

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Humanitäre Hilfe
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Humanitarian aid

Germany helps people in need as a result of crises or natural disasters, regardless of their causes.

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Facts and figures

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Bundeswehrsoldaten
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3.14 billion euros
This is the sum Germany spent in 2020 on promoting peace and stability worldwide.
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Seenotrettung
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1.64 billion euros for humanitarian aid
This was Germany’s total spending in 2020.
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Deutscher UN-Soldat
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216 million euros
This is the total Germany contributed to the UN and other multilateral organizations.
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Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
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Almost 23.81 billion US dollars (2019)
This sum makes Germany the second-biggest donor for government development cooperation.
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Auswärtiges Amt
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227 diplomatic missions
The Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany employs 12,100 people.
Insight

Partner in the world

Efforts to safeguard human rights world-wide is a cornerstone of German foreign policy. Moreover, the country is strongly involved in development cooperation and in acute crisis situations provides humanitarian assistance world-wide.

Schutz von Menschenrechten
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Protection of Human Rights

The respect of human rights is enshrined in the Basic Law. On the global level, too, Germany is committed to protecting basic freedoms.

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Instrumente der internationalen Menschenrechtspolitik
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International human rights policy tools

Germany is creating its own tools and supporting international institutions with the aim of protecting and defending human rights worldwide.

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Nachhaltige Entwicklung
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Fostering sustainable Development

The sustainable development of all nations lays the foundations for a peaceful future. It’s a goal to which the Federal Government is firmly committed.

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Spending on government development cooperation in USD billion

Source: Preliminary figures, status April 2020, OECD/DAC