Chamber of the Security Council in the main building of the United Nations in New York (Photo: Xander Heinl/

Germany on the UN Security Council: Arria-formula meetings as a tool for crisis management and conflict prevention

Conflict resolution and crisis prevention are two main objectives of German foreign policy. As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2019–20, Germany put these topics at the top of its agenda. An informal and flexible meeting format – Arria-formula meetings – can serve as a tool for achieving these goals. Germany should use this format more frequently in addressing impending crises and conflicts in which the Council is blocked, as well as to strengthen cooperation with countries and actors of the Global South.