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PAST: Alliance for Multilateralism: Sustainable food systems, central to our common agenda: climate, health, environment, and the fight against inequalities

(13 November 2021, 10:15-11:15 a.m. CET)

The transition to healthier, more sustainable, and more resilient food systems is central to achieving our common agenda and building back better after the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the United Nations Food Systems Summit held on 23 and 24 September 2021, this meeting, co-hosted by ministers Maas and Le Drian, will highlight the interactions between agricultural and food challenges on the one hand and environmental, health, nutrition, and inequalities challenges on the other.

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

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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Bundesminister Maas 46. Menschenrechtsrates

Back in Geneva: New Frontiers for Human Rights. Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Ministerial Meeting in Geneva (24 February 2021)

For the second time, the Alliance for Multilateralism convened in the margins of the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The virtual meeting looked into new challenges for human rights (digital issues and climate change) and preparedness and response to health crisis, taking into account the gender dimension. This was an opportunity for the participants to present their initiatives and contributions to “build back better” after the Covid-19 crisis.

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Foreign Ministers Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian at the virtual event of the Alliance at the Paris Peace Forum

Paris Peace Forum 2020

(12. November 2020)

The Alliance for Multilateralism presented its work on strengthening the multilateral health architecture (launch of One Health High-Level Expert Council) and on fighting against infodemics

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Conference on Rethinking Arms Control

(5th & 6th November 2020)

Artificial intelligence, outer space, biotechnologies, hypersonics – a number of emerging technologies impact the scenarios of future conflicts and may potentially disrupt global strategic stability. The ministerial panel on 6 November illustrated how the topic of emerging technologies and the future of arms control has arrived at the highest political level. As Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pointed out “If war is an ever-changing chameleon – then we need to look at arms control as a chameleon, too. We need to preserve it, strengthen it –and adapt it to our new age.” Together, the five EU Foreign Ministers launched a joint declaration to “strengthen the role of the EU in promoting arms control for a new technological age”.

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Compilation of pictures of each speaker at the Ministerial Meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism on September 25, 2020

Our Commitment and Contribution to Building Back Better

Ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism (25 September 2020)

The Alliance met at ministerial level on the occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2020, one year after the presentation of the Alliance for Multilateralism during the ministerial week of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on 26 September 2019.

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75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism on the global health architecture and infodemics (video conference, 26 Jun. 2020)

75 years ago, the Charter of the United Nations was signed. Today, we have every reason to treasure what has been built on the ruins of wars but we also have reason to remain engaged and vigilant.

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Picture of the Ministerial video conference showing Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the foreground sitting at a conference table in front of a large display with divided screen.

Update COVID-19

Ministerial video Conference (16 April 2020)

The Corona pandemic is a wake-up call for multilateralism. Only by acting in solidarity, by building up a stronger global immune system and by strengthening international cooperation can we overcome this threat to us all.

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Picture of the conference hall with participants of the Ministerial Meeting. The Foreign Ministers stand at speaker tables while a large amount of participants sits at conference tables, listening and partly applauding.

Promoting International Humanitarian Law and Fighting Impunity

Ministerial Meeting in Geneva (24 February 2020)

At the margins of the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council, the meeting focused on driving forward the Alliance on two concrete issues with particular relevance for our work in the Geneva institutions: the fight against impunity and the safeguarding of humanitarian space.

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Picture of crowded venue with hundreds of participants of the Paris Peace Forum

Paris Peace Forum 2019

At the Paris Peace Forum on 11-13 November 2019, partner countries came together for a meeting on digital governance. Taking into account the impact of digitalization on economic, political and social development, GermanyFrance and other partners highlighted the importance of fostering the dialogue between states, international organizations, businesses, and civil society and renewed their commitment to tackle global challenges together.

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