The picture shows a large number of Foreign Ministers and other state representatives gathering in a conference room for a group picture on the occasion of the Ministerial Meeting on the “Alliance for Multilateralism
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What is the „Alliance for Multilateralism”?

The “Alliance for Multilateralism” launched by the French and German Foreign Ministers is an informal network of countries united in their conviction that a rules-based multilateral order is the only reliable guarantee for international stability and peace and that our common challenges can only be solved through cooperation.

The Alliance aims to renew the global commitment to stabilize the rules-based international order, uphold its principles and adapt it, where necessary.

  • It aims to protect and preserve international norms, agreements and institutions that are under pressure or in peril,
  • to pursue a more proactive agenda in policy areas that lack effective governance and where new challenges require collective action,
  • and to advance reforms, without compromising on key principles and values, in order to make multilateral institutions and the global political and economic order more inclusive and effective in delivering tangible results to citizens around the world.

We also reach out to non-state actors as key stakeholders and partners for the challenges we are facing, from peace and security to climate, from human rights to development to digital transformation.

The UN is at the center of the multilateral order. For this reason, the UN General Assembly’s opening week in September was a great opportunity to bring the Alliance together. Building the Network

Participation

The Alliance supports a universal and effective multilateral order. It is an invitation, open to every state that shares this endeavor and is committed to contributing to the rules-based international order and multilateral cooperation, based on the rule of law, on the UN Charter and international law.

The Alliance is not a formal institution, but a network allowing for the constitution of flexible issue-based coalitions formed around specific projects and policy outcomes. Engagement in a specific initiative does not entail automatic participation in other initiatives pursued in the framework of the Alliance. Participation in the Alliance remains open to all who share its vision.

Principles of Action

The Alliance revolves around concrete initiatives to reach its objectives and facilitates results-based partnerships.

The Alliance will advance the multilateral agenda in full respect of the vital role of the United Nations, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and international law. Partners in the Alliance are committed to acting as driving forces to protect, develop and adapt the rules-based international order based on the rule of law.

The Alliance will adopt a multi-stakeholder approach and reach out to all members of the international community, international organizations, regional institutions and other relevant actors, as essential and active partners.

Participants to the Alliance will continue to work together to take and support initiatives that feed into the three streams of action referred to above, and organize further meetings to pursue and broaden their collective efforts.

Multilateralism

In the field of foreign policy, multilateralism means that states cooperate with each other in order to promote common objectives and balance and regulate competing interests.They do this because they know that, ultimately, all states reap the greatest gains if they work together and agree on rules. Such cooperation relies on certain principles and values being shared by all parties. In the age of globalisation, almost all countries on Earth are interconnected. Conflicts raging thousands of miles away may have a direct impact on people’s lives in Europe. Phenomena such as climate change cause problems that do not stop at any borders, which is why multilateral cooperation is more important than ever today.