German Event: “Bringing home the results from Rome” - Strengthening the use and application of CFS policy outcomes

Rome, 6 April 2017 - The German Permanent Representation to the International Organizations, together with the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the civil society mechanism, had invited to a very well-attended meeting on the implementation of policy recommendations of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS).

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40th Session of FAO Conference to be held from 3 to 8 July 2017 in Rome

Rome, 3 - 8 July 2017 - The 40th session of FAO Conference will be held next July. The Conference is the supreme governing body of FAO that meets in regular session every two years. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, approve the Programme of Work and Budget and make recommendations to Members and international organizations.

First Regular Session of the WFP Executive Board - Germany invites to Side Event

Rome, 20 - 23 February 2017 - On the occasion of the First Regular Session of the WFP Executive Board, a special side event hosted by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany will take place on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 from 13:00 – 14:30 in the WFP Headquarter Forum in Rome.

Former Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo new IFAD president

Rome, 14 - 15 February 2017 - Former Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo was elected president of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) by the Governing Council. His election comes at a time when many developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya included, are experiencing food shortage due to climate change effects.

The German Mission invited to panel discussion on Argentine author Martín Caparrós' book "Hunger"

Rome, 8 March 2017 - The German Permanent Representation organized a panel discussion on Argentine author Martín Caparrós book "Hunger". It took place in cooperation with the Permanent Representation to the Holy See, as well as the two corresponding diplomatic missions of Argentina.

Humanitarian assistance for Sahel

New contribution record

Germany’s support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached an all-time record in 2016 of €791.5 million. Of this amount, the largest single contribution ever to a WFP operation – €570 million – went to Syria and neighbouring countries, helping to restore food assistance to nearly six million of the most vulnerable people in this region last year.   In addition, the German Government boosted WFP preparedness, resilience, nutrition and innovation programmes through increased multi-year investments.

Logo of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers met in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.

Further information is available on the following webpages:

Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken

Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken has been the Permanent Representative of Germany to FAO since August 2015.

Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

German Security Council candidature logo

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.