The 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council meeting took place with the participants of 57 OSCE member States in Hamburg from December 8-9. The event was executed under Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship and the invitation of OSCE Chairperson-in office, German Foreign Minister Dr.Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
During the two days meeting, the Council declared several important final decisions including:
The Council’s decision for the Chairmanship of 2018 went for Italy and the 2019 for Slovakia.
- Related documents: Greeting by the 2016 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and German Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier
- Austria’s OSCE Chairmanship 2017
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News from Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship
News from German Mission to NATO News from die Bundeswehr
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‘Peace, Justice, Innovation and Partnership’
are the Concepts of Germany’s Foreign Policy which are promised, by German Government, to be extended firm and actively, to its Seat at the UN Security Council for 2019/2020.
“We want to stand up to face up to our responsibility and help work towards peace and justice,” Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2019–2020 term is a “demonstration of our commitment to an organisation that is more important than ever. “We need the United Nations if mediation work for peace and security in this crisis-ridden world is even to remain a possibility.” Elaborated Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Steinmeier September 21, 2016 © Federal Foreign Office
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President Obama’s Proclamation on Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2016
“…….On Human Rights Day and during Human Rights Week, we reflect on how far we have come in upholding these universal rights and resolve to continue fighting to safeguard them wherever they are threatened.” December 9, 2016 © The White House Press Secretary.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Lilianne Ploumen,
“Human Rights in Cyberspace is a whole new realm of opportunity and risk” December 10, 2016© Dutch MFA
Statement by Human Rights Commissioner Bärbel Kofler on Human Rights Day
“…..The Human Rights situation has deteriorated. The space available to civil society to demand Human Rights is decreasing all over the world. When I criticise the fact that this space is shrinking, the counterargument is almost always that Human Rights take different forms and cannot be implemented in full and in the same way everywhere. However, I only ever hear this argument from governments, never from those affected. The latter invoke the universality of these rights, and I too repeatedly underline that Human Rights apply in full, everywhere and for everyone – they are not subject to borders.” December 10, 2016 © German Foreign Office
On December 1, Minister Dr. Steinmeier and Minister Jean‑Marc Ayrault presented this year’s Franco-German Prize for Human Rights to 16 Human Right Defenders from several countries.
Excerpts of the speech by Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier during the Award ceremony.
“For both France and Germany, one thing is clear: Protecting and Promoting Human Rights is at the heart of our foreign policy endeavours. We act worldwide to further this cause.”
“You all have one thing in common: the Courage, Compassion and Determination with which you help others,” December 5, 2016 © Federal Foreign Office
Both Ministers voiced their support for Human Rights Defenders around the World by publishing a joint article: “Supporting those who are persecuted”
- Additional: Speech by Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the presentation of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights
- Statement by Foreign Ministers Steinmeier and Ayrault on the awarding of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights
- Human Rights Defenders under Pressure by German Foreign Office September 2016
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EUROPOL Press release December 1, 2016
On 30 November 2016, after more than four years of investigation, the Public Prosecutor’s Office Verden and the Lüneburg Police (Germany) in close cooperation with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Department of Justice and the FBI, Europol, Eurojust and global partners, dismantled an international criminal infrastructure platform known as ‘Avalanche’. The Avalanche network was used as a delivery platform to launch and manage mass global malware attacks and money mule recruiting campaigns. It has caused an estimated EUR 6 million in damages in concentrated cyberattacks on online banking systems in Germany alone. In addition, the monetary losses associated with malware attacks conducted over the Avalanche network are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of euros worldwide, although exact calculations are difficult due to the high number of malware families managed through the platform. December 1, 2016 © EUROPOL
President Obama with his Executive order prohibited the Chines purchase of Aixtron for National Security reasons. Another audible sign that the U.S presence in Europe, is not a luxury but a Necessity for European Defense and Security Pillars, as the case in Aixtron showed that Germany has to rely on U.S. advice and steps.
President Obama’s Order Regarding the Proposed Acquisition of a Controlling Interest in Aixtron SE by Grand Chip Investment GMBH , The White House Press Release Dec 2, 2016
The multinational Exercise Silver Sabre-2 was executed from November 21 -26 at Camp Film City, Camp Vrelo and Camp Pomazatin with the joint Forces of: NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR), the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX), Kosovo Police (KP) and the Kosovo Security Forces (KSF).
Brigadier General Bernd Thran, Deputy Head of EULEX (center) attedning the Silver Sabre-2 Exercise. November 28, 2016 © EULEX
The Exercise is in a series led by KFOR, aimed to assess and upgrade the operational readiness and to enhance the coordinated efforts between KFOR, EULEX, KP, KSF in Kosovo.
Senior Police Adviser, Oliver Hoffmann describes the role of EULEX Police in Kosovo
2016 © EULEX
Additional: A view to EULEX and its successful mission in Kosovo
The U.S and European Citizens are strongly advised for Careers at the United Nations:
- International Civil Service Commission ( the UN Agencies)
- Governance and Peace Building
- List of recent Vacancies Career at the United Nations
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