Germany and France are both currently serving on the UN Security Council. France has a permanent seat, meaning that it is always a member of the UN’s most senior body. Germany was elected to serve on the Security Council for a two-year term throughout 2019 and 2020.
The two EU countries each occupy the chair for one month — France in March, Germany in April. As a symbol of their close cooperation, they decided to dovetail these into a first “dual presidency” — France has described it as a “twinning arrangement.” The presidency will formally pass from France to Germany at the end of the month, but in practice there will hardly be any change, as both countries will continue jointly to occupy the chair. This closer UN cooperation was agreed by Berlin and Paris as part of the Treaty of Aachen.