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Source: Federal Foreign OfficeYou have all heard many speeches in recent days here in New York – at the climate summit, the SDG summit, countless side events and of course, the speech marathon called Generaldebatte.Würde evaluate these speeches a word would probably occur more often than everybody else: Nachhaltigkeit.Manacher sees in this word only a hype. A marketing trend. And a bit of greenwashing for the post-material elite. And as long as we’re talking about sustainability nothing will change. As we talk about sustainability here in New York, we’re threatening to lose the race against climate change. As we talk about sustainability, women, men and children suffer from hunger and epidemics. As we talk about sustainability, people die in wars and conflicts that we have failed to solve for years. Syria, Mali, Ukraine, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea – the list is far too long. It’s time not just to talk about sustainability. It is time to act sustainably – also in foreign and security policy. Sustainable is a foreign policy that relies on permanent conflict resolution. Which integrates all actors, and thus ensures acceptance and stability. It focuses on prevention, instead of always running after the events. The focus on sustainable agreements, rather than on quick deals at the expense of others. Ladies and gentlemen, who loves his country, who relies on cooperation. Only in this way can we all have a future. Sustainable foreign policy – that is multilateral foreign policy. This is the idea on which the United Nations is founded. He also manages German and European foreign policy. I want to make this clear with four examples. First: the situation in the Middle East. The attacks on two oil rigs in Saudi Arabia have shown us how fast things can escalate. Iran bears the responsibility for this – as we Europeans have made clear – publicly and in our meetings with the Iranian foreign minister these days. The only way to relax is talks between the US and Iran. But that works only if there are no unrealistic preconditions And there is one more thing we have emphasized in our meeting today with Iran, Russia and China: We want to continue holding on to the nuclear agreement with Iran and the goal of an Iran without nuclear weapons. Because it provides security and a basis for further discussions on other topics that are important in this context. Even if it is tedious. Diplomacy means not to follow the logic of black and white and to remain in it. It also means keeping Iran in line with its commitments to us and the wider international community. And that it will take up our current European efforts to find a diplomatic solution. Second : Afghanistan. We deeply regret that the bloody Taliban attacks have torpedoed talks with the US in Doha. Germany has always accompanied and supported these discussions. Because we are convinced that a sustainable solution to the conflict can only succeed through political balance. This is the only way we owe it to those who have been engaged in peaceful Afghanistan over the past 18 years and sometimes have even paid for their lives.That is why an agreement with the Taliban can only be one be first step. What we need then are peace talks in Afghanistan. Germany stands ready to support them – also to ensure that all that the United Nations and the entire international community have been committed to for almost two decades is not lost: a constitutional order, a minimum of stability, human rights and human rights especially the rights of women and girls. Thirdly: Ukraine. The Minsk process has almost come to a standstill in the last two years. In the middle of Europe, we are experiencing an aggression that has cost more than 13,000 lives. We will not accept that. We can not do that. People in Ukraine want peace, President Selenski has clearly stated this and named it a priority. This has also created new momentum. Take, for example, the bridge of Stanytsia Luhanska. It was destroyed for four years, now it is rebuilt. Military equipment is removed, soldiers withdrawn. A small step at first glance, an example of the unbundling required by the Minsk process. And yet a huge step forward for the people who use this bridge on a daily basis. We want to use this momentum. Together with France, we are working hard in Normandy format to finally solve the issues that have been on the table for almost four years. Sustainable foreign policy, that is also, persistently pursuing a goal, step by step. Stopping is not an option. And finally: Syria. In the ninth year of the war, the idea of sustainable peace seems almost naive. And yet there is cautious hope these days. Convoking a constitutional committee is a first, a significant step in the direction of a political process. Importantly, the committee is now rapidly taking up its work and finally implementing Resolution 2254. For only if we finally tackle the causes of conflict – namely the desire of the Syrian population for social, economic and political participation – can lasting peace be created. And only when political progress is visible, the reconstruction is sustainable. Before that, we as Germany will not participate in it. What is at least as important: justice. How can thousands of traumatized, tortured, displaced Syrians, how victims of poison gas attacks believe in peace, if their tormentors remain unpunished? Meanwhile, not only in Syria, the impression prevails that even the most serious crimes will not be punished. The international criminal law is under massive pressure.We will therefore call this week to build an alliance against impunity, which should strengthen the international criminal justice system. Because: There is no reconciliation, no peace without justice. Ladies and gentlemen, these four examples show that sustainable foreign policy means staying power, perseverance, staying in touch. Above all, that means working together reliably. And where we do that, things are moving forward – often away from the limelight. After 30 years, Sudan finally has hope for a real new beginning. We have been there recently and have spoken with those responsible and assured them that we will continue to support the transformation – through mediation, in the Security Council, as UNAMID troop contributors and as donors. And not only in Sudan do we support peace processes. I am therefore happy to announce that Germany is doubling its contribution to the Peacebuilding Fund this year from 15 to 30 million euros. In Mali, the United Nations’ blue helmets, including almost 1,000 Germans, are securing the fragile peace day after day. The prerequisite for lasting stability is that people regain confidence in the local security forces. That is why we have launched the “International Partnership for Security and Stability in the Sahel” together with France. And we urge all Member States to join them. The conflict in Libya, too, awaits a solution. We support the United Nations and its tireless special envoy Salamé. An international process, involving supporters of the conflicting parties, is the only way forward. We also want to take responsibility and, together with the Special Envoy, initiated a process that should lead to peace. Ladies and gentlemen, Germany has been in the Security Council for nine months now. And I have the impression that too often crises and conflicts only become a topic there when shooting is already taking place when people have already died. But that is the opposite of sustainable politics! Because then it is already too late. The Security Council must be from a crisis response committee to a crisis prevention committee! He must finally also take the causes of conflict into account. That’s why we put climate change and security on the agenda right at the beginning of our membership. And we will ensure that it stays there, because climate change is no longer just an ecological challenge for humanity. He is more and more a question of war and peace. Climate change is no longer a survival issue for humanity. If people no longer have access to clean drinking water, whole crops fail due to chronic drought, and conflicts over the few remaining resources begin, the wars of the future will be climate wars. Climate protection must therefore become imperative We also focus on the role of women in the Security Council. Sexualized violence is still used today as a war tactic. That’s disgusting and perverted. With the passing of Resolution 2467 in April, we have been able to help better support the survivors of sexualised violence. But there is more: stable peace is one third more likely when women are involved in the process. We are therefore campaigning for more peacekeepers. At present, only 8 out of 100 chairs are occupied by women in peace negotiations. That’s more than negligence. It simply does not work if 51% of the world population is excluded, so we will continue to fight with all our might for an equal world. This is not just a matter of justice, it is a matter of human reason. And we in the Security Council will continue to fight for disarmament and arms control. We made sure in April that the subject of nuclear arms control came back on the agenda there for the first time in seven years, and one thing is absolutely clear: we can only create security with each other, not against each other.Thus, many states are demanding a return with impatience and growing impatience to concrete realistic disarmament steps. Especially in the nuclear field. Therefore, those states that have not yet ratified the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty must finally do so! With the Stockholm Initiative, we want to firmly anchor issues of nuclear disarmament on the international agenda ahead of the NPT Review Conference. And I look forward to welcoming the supporters of this initiative next year in Berlin. Ladies and Gentlemen, Collaboration. Find compromises. Defend our common rules and institutions. This is what we understand by sustainability in terms of foreign policy. Germany has profited more than any other country from the rule-based order over the last seven decades. Peace, prosperity, free trade, an open world to the outside, but also a free society within are inseparable from multilateralism. Never again alone – that is a lesson from our, the German history. Germany, 80 years ago arsonist and destroyer in Europe and the world, today has to take special responsibility for an order that secures the peace.Therefore we have in the launched an alliance for multilateralism last year. Because we do not share the logic, “If everyone thinks of themselves, everyone is thinking”. Because in the end it means nothing other than: Everyone against everyone. At the same time, not a single one of the great issues of the future can be solved by one country alone. Globalization, digitization, migration or man-made climate change can only be answered together. Co-operation is anything but betrayal of one’s own country. Rather, it creates the conditions for our countries to prosper. Over the past 12 months, countries from all over the world have come together to share this conviction. An alliance for multilateralism. Tomorrow, more than 50 of my colleagues will meet here in New York at the United Nations to agree on concrete steps: strengthening international law and human rights, disarmament, crisis prevention, peacebuilding and global issues of the future, such as cyber and climate change is lived multilateralism. This is sustainable foreign policy. Ladies and Gentlemen, Sustainability is not an off-beat discourse, it is not an elitist approach that one can afford. On the contrary. We can no longer afford not to act sustainably. Thanks a lot.
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