Council of Europe
The Council of Europe was founded on 5 May 1949 as the first major European post-war organisation and has its headquarters in Strasbourg (France). It currently includes 47 Member States. Germany joined the Council of Europe in 1950.
The Council of Europe aims to promote the rule of law, human rights and democracy throughout Europe. So far, more than 200 conventions and protocols have been put in place to help guarantee human rights. The progress is checked by monitoring bodies.
Within the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Health coordinates conventions in the field of health. These include conventions on organ transplantation, bioethics or medicinal product safety.
The Federal Foreign Office provides comprehensive information on the importance and tasks of the Council of Europe.
Global health issues call for solutions that also transcend thematic boundaries. The ministry of health in Germany summarizes the most important facets of a modern global health policy.