International Cooperation

When a large number of people and organisations need to act quickly under pressure in emergency situations, effective coordination is the key to success. 

  • That’s where the United Nations plays a crucial role. 

The Federal Republic of Germany is one of the leading humanitarian donors and is represented on all key UN decision-making bodies. 

  • The German Government’s priority is not only to make the best possible use of funding, but rather to actively work to make the entire international humanitarian aid system more efficient and more effective. 

To this end, Germany supports the central coordinating role of the United Nations in this system, as well as the structures and mechanisms created by the UN.

The German Government’s key international partners in the provision of humanitarian aid are the UN organisations 

  • UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF and UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), as well as 
  • the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

These bodies all receive regular financial contributions for humanitarian projects.