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EU proposes a renewed multilateralism for the 21st century
Kind: ICD What's New  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2021-02-26 16:24
The European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Feb. 17 put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism.
The Joint Communication lays out the EU's expectations of and ambitions for the multilateral system. The proposal suggests making use of all tools at the EU's disposal, including its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support to promote global peace and security, defend human rights and international law, and promote multilateral solutions to global challenges.
“Multilateralism matters because it works,” High Representative Josep Borrell said, adding that, “with our new Agenda, we set out the EU’s contribution to a reinvigorated rules-based multilateralism, fit for the 21st century.”
The EU has defined clear strategic priorities on issues that no country can face alone, including peace and security, human rights and the rule of law, sustainable development, public health, or climate.
The EU will work to build new alliances with third countries, reinforce cooperation with multilateral and regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders, especially those with whom it shares democratic values.
In addition, it will support partner countries in engaging more effectively in the multilateral system and ensure systematic follow-up of bilateral commitments with partners to advance multilateral objectives.
The EU aims to build a more inclusive multilateralism, including greater engagement with civil society, the private sector, and social and other stakeholders.
Sources: European Commission, Radio France Internationale
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