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 the following six concrete initiatives for tackling global challenges together.
Other initiatives will continue to develop under the thematic headings of the Alliance, including human rights, international humanitarian law, cyberspace, future technologies, disarmament and arms control, global public goods and strengthening international institutions.
Humanitarian Call for Action
Humanitarian assistance is urgently required in many conflicts around the world. Often, though, it fails to get through to those in need, or the humanitarian aid workers become targets. The Humanitarian Call for Action (CfA) compiles concrete measures and best practices to strengthen and better implement international humanitarian law worldwide. The CfA shows states concrete ways in which they can help humanitarian organisations to provide needs-based aid.
Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace
Cyberspace is not a space outside the law. Its openness and its capacity to connect people need to be protected. The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace aims to introduce binding rules for internet behaviour. It will take up elements from various existing processes to promote stability and peace in cyberspace.
International Partnership for Information and Democracy
The International Partnership for Information and Democracy declaration sets forth goals and principles for guaranteeing free, pluralistic, quality reporting despite the changes resulting from new digital communication forms. For example, it opposes the manipulative use of fake news to undermine democracy. Among other things, the signatory states undertake to defend freedom of opinion and freedom of the press, as well as to protect journalists.
Joint Position on Climate and Security
Climate change is increasingly becoming a risk multiplier threatening the stability of countries and societies worldwide. The Joint Position highlights the fact that climate change is posing entirely new challenges for foreign and security policy. That is why it is important for the UN to consider the matter regularly. The Joint Position calls for regular monitoring by the UN.
Equality at the Center Initiative
Women’s rights are human rights and need to be protected across the world. The initiative “Gender at the Center – Putting gender equality at the centre of education sector planning”, developed in the G7 framework in cooperation with UNESCO, aims to give more girls in sub-Saharan Africa access to good education. Because despite global progress, 130 million girls still do not enjoy education, their human right. This initiative takes a new approach: in cooperation with Education Ministries, the focus will shift more to girls.
11 Principles on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
New international rules are needed for the weapons systems of the future, including a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems, so-called “killer robots”. The eleven principles drawn up with France in the framework of the UN Weapons Convention offer states, for the first time, concrete guidance on killer robots.