The picture shows the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Ghana, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico and Singapore as well as a moderator sitting in a row to chair a ministerial meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York. Parts of the audience can be seen from the back.
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The Alliance for Multilateralism

At a time when key principles of the rules-based international order and essential instruments of international cooperation are challenged, the Alliance for Multilateralism aims at bringing together those who believe that strong and effective multilateral cooperation, based on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and justice, are indispensable foundations to secure peace, stability and prosperity and who want to join hands to act along this endeavor.

We confirm our conviction that the major challenges of our time, by their nature and global scope, cannot be addressed by countries separately but must be tackled jointly – and that such a rules-based multilateral cooperation is also a key guarantee for the sovereign equality of states as epitomized in the United Nations General Assembly.

Declaration of Principles

Ministerial Meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism on 23 September in New York

PAST: Ministerial Meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism

Ministerial Meeting in New York (23 September 2021)

On the occasion of its second anniversary, the Alliance for Multilateralism held a hybrid ministerial meeting in New York on the margins of the High-Level Week of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Our shared agenda has remained ambitious; the Alliance focused – again – on pandemic preparedness, the challenges of climate change and preserving biodiversity, as well as protecting human rights and achieving and safeguarding gender equality. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian have invited their counterparts, as well as experts from international organisations and civil society, to reflect on what we have achieved together and agree new initiatives.

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Portrait of the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Multilateralism is not a dogma; it’s not an ideology. It’s an effective method, and it’s a method that works. It’s up to us to focus on evidence-based multilateralism.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
Portrait of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Multilateralism remains our path in Europe. We will continue to be team players – and that is what we bring to the table.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas


Joint Video of the Foreign Ministers of Ghana, Chile, Canada, Germany and France
Video by the French Foreign Ministry on the Ministerial Meeting in NY
Global conflicts, combating climate change, digital challenges, coping with the pandemic: they can only by mastered together. #MultilateralismMatters