Germany And The United Nations

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When the United Nations was formed in 1945, Germany was a pile of rubble, both literally and figuratively. A political and social outcast, it was not until 1973 that a divided Germany was granted full member status in the UN. And those 40 years of membership have seen remarkable changes to not only a now unified Germany, but also the world. According to the United Nations Association of Germany, the country that was not even considered in the original draft of the Charter is now, financially, considered one of the most important members of the UN. “Germany currently gives the third largest amount in financial contributions to the UN (7.1% of the UN’s total contributions), only behind the United States (22%) and Japan (10.8%). … in addition to the substantial voluntary contributions to UN specialized agencies, programs, funds and institutions.” Germany also provides military support for both UN-mandated and UN-led peacekeeping missions, with over 7,000 troops currently deployed. In addition, two UN-specific training centers have been created, the UN Training Center for German Armed Forces and the Center for International Peace Operations. Germany is one of the G4 nations, a group that also includes Japan, Brazil, and India. The G4 plan for UN Security Council reform proposes adding six new permanent members and four new non-permanent members, increasing the council from 15 to 25. The 6 new permanent seats would be elected from 2 African states, 2 Asian states, 1 member
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