Ministerial Meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism on 23 September in New York
Two years after it was founded, the Alliance for Multilateralism returned to New York to hold a hybrid ministerial meeting on the margins of the High-Level Week of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. More than seventy Foreign Ministers and Deputy Foreign Ministers came together – physically and virtually – for three panels to reflect on what the Alliance has achieved and to identify new initiatives.
The meeting was hosted by German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. It was organised around three panels that focused on pandemic preparedness and the challenges of addressing climate change and preserving biodiversity as well as protecting human rights and achieving and safeguarding gender equality.
In his opening statement, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas recalled the founding of the Alliance in 2019, when the prospects for multilateralism were bleak. Since then, the Alliance has tackled issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting global solutions to global challenges. To enact these solutions, multilateralism needs to be active, inclusive and effective.
The panellists underscored the interplay between the three issues on the agenda: the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on the progress made towards gender equality, the link between health and climate change, the threat that disinformation poses to global health. In short – as Mary Robinson, chair of The Elders, put it – we have to get out of our silos. The Alliance for Multilateralism will continue to provide a forum for thinking outside of the box and promoting a flexible and solution-driven approach in support of strong and effective multilateralism.