European Commission puts forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism

On February 17, the European Commission and the High Representative put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism. High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President for a Stronger Europe in the World, Josep Borrell, said: “Multilateralism matters because it works. But we cannot be ‘multilateralists’ alone. At a time of growing scepticism, we must demonstrate the benefit and relevance of the multilateral system. We will build stronger, more diverse and inclusive partnerships to lead its modernisation and shape global responses to the challenges of the 21st century, some of which threaten the very existence of humanity.”  

Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said :“The EU has been and will continue to be the best ally of multilateralism and its institutions. However, the more complex global environment calls us to be more united, coherent, focused, and better leverage our collective Team Europe strength. This new strategy spells out our ambition on inclusive multilateralism, our strong commitment to renew it and it will be underpinned by specific actions” 

The objectives of the EU as outlined in the strategy are as follows: Work  for  a  renewed  rules-based  multilateralism  fit  for  the  21st  century  that  serves  global  governance as well as EU and global interests and values.; Defend universal values and international law, including human rights, and promote global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.; Make the most out of its political, diplomatic, and economic leverage.; Promote reform,  effectiveness  and  efficiency  of  the  multilateral  system  and  a  truly  inclusive  multilateralism where governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and other stakeholders work together.; Step up EU leadership and make better use the ability to act as a convenor, honest broker and bridge-builder.; Deepen partnerships  and  alliances  with  third  countries,  multilateral  and  regional  organisations,  and  reinforce coalitions on key priorities.;  Be the best ally of multilateral partners, but demand transformation and truly strategic relationships.; Ensure greater consistency between multilateral and bilateral diplomacy.; Act together with Member States to deliver with one voice. 

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