Objective: demonstrate the importance of multilateralism
At a time when the multilateral order based on the respect of international law is weakened, we believe that leaders should express their support and come together to show the importance of multilateralism.
The Alliance for Multilateralism, launched on 2 April 2019 by the French and German Foreign Ministers, is an informal alliance of countries that are convinced that multilateralism founded on respect for international law is the only reliable guarantee for international stability and peace and that the challenges we are facing can only be solved through cooperation. It aims to bring together willing partners who can express themselves and take action.
The initiative is organized around three goals:
- 1) compensating for the insufficient involvement of States and defending fundamental standards;
- 2) reforming and modernizing the international institutions compared with the status quo;
- 3) driving strong initiatives, particularly where governance is absent or insufficient.
The Alliance’s objectives
The Alliance was created six months ago and attracts a growing number of participants, bringing together partners from around the world who have a common interest in a multilateral order founded on respect for international law.
The Alliance aims to take action and maximize the support for concrete thematic initiatives:
- 1. A Call for action to bolster respect for international humanitarian law
- 2. The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace
- 3. The Information and Democracy Partnership
- 4. The Gender at the centre Initiative
- 5. The Climate and Security Initiative
- 6. 11 Principles on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)
Event during the High-Level Week of the United Nations General Assembly in New York
On 26 September 2019, during the High-Level Week of the UN General Assembly, France and Germany organized an “Alliance for Multilateralism” event alongside Canada, Mexico, Chile, Singapore and Ghana.
The event was an opportunity to show that the Alliance is attracting an increasing number of States (48 responses, a four-fold increase on the meeting of 2 April 2019 at New York during the German UN Security Council Presidency) and is producing concrete results in a variety of fields which will be showcased. The event was also an opportunity to establish a programme of work for the months to come.
For more information, visit The Alliance for Multilateralism’s website.