The Alliance for Multilateralism is growing – and bearing fruit. At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Germany, France and other like-minded states launched six concrete initiatives for tackling global challenges together.
Other initiatives will continue to develop under the following action areas of the Alliance:
Advocating human rights in the 21st century includes defending and promoting the acquis, ensuring the respect of human rights and developing relevant new areas for human rights work. This includes climate or cyber issues, for instance in the link between artificial Intelligence and risks and opportunities of digitalization for human rights, as well as implications of climate change for human rights. Media freedom has been a particular focus of the Alliance’s work from the beginning, as well as gender equality.
The Alliance supports the universal and rules-based international order. Common rules need to be established and upheld. International law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law, must be respected and applied; infractions and serious crimes must be prosecuted. Humanitarian organisations must be allowed to do their work in order to promote and protect the human rights of the most vulnerable. The system of international criminal justice needs to be defended and further developed.
Disarmament and Arms Control
New international rules are needed for the weapon systems of the future and the rules for already existing weapons must be respected, treaties and agreements defended. The Alliance highlights the importance of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation in securing peace and stability and respecting our rules-based international order.
Cyberspace is not a legal vacuum. Together with civil society partners, the Alliance aims at identifying binding rules for behaviour online as well as promoting trust and stability in cyberspace.
Global Public Goods
The Covid-19-pandemic has been a wake-up call for multilateralism and it has underlined. It has shown the importance of global solidarity. Therefore potential treatment and a future vaccine shall be treated as global public goods, not only in the current pandemic but also regarding the prevention of future diseases.
The Alliance promotes joint action on climate change and demands a more systematic approach to its security implications. Climate change is becoming a security issue for more and more countries like small island states that are exposed to rising sea levels.
To master global challenges international organisations need to remain strong and agile in order to be able to fulfil their tasks. Therefore member states need to comply with their commitments and obligations. This is particularly true in the realm of peacebuilding, where across from different fields must come together to secure previous gains and to take preventive action. Here, we need a strong commitment to reliable funding mechanisms on the basis of mulitalteral cooperation.
- – Financing and other support to UN