EU sets out its agenda for rule-based multilateral system that benefits all

HR Borrell: We will build stronger, more diverse and inclusive partnerships

Photo: EU Josep Borrell.

With the clear idea that in this challenging times multilateralism is the most effective mean to govern global relations in a way that benefits all, the Commission and the High Representative tabled on Wednesday a new strategy to reinforce the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism.

The joint document outlines what the EU wants and expects for the multilateral system  that has to give response to growing global challenges, such as Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, conflicts and extreme poverty in many parts of the world.

The Union plans to put into action its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support, along with the other instruments at its disposal as “to promote global peace and security, defend human rights and international law, and to promote multilateral solutions to global challenges”.

Saying that “we cannot be ‘multilateralists' alone”, High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President for a Stronger Europe in the World, Josep Borrell, stressed that “at a time of growing scepticism, we must demonstrate the benefit and relevance of the multilateral system”.

We will build stronger, more diverse and inclusive partnerships to lead its modernisation and shape global responses to the challenges of the 21st century, some of which threaten the very existence of humanity, he emphasised.

In her comments, Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said that the EU has been and will continue to be the best ally of multilateralism and its institutions.

However, the more complex global environment calls us to be more united, coherent, focused, and better leverage our collective Team Europe strength, she explained adding that this new strategy “spells out our ambition on inclusive multilateralism, our strong commitment to renew it and it will be underpinned by specific actions.”

The EU strategy includes promoting and defending human rights as to make the world a safer place to live, strengthening the global health system and reinforce global recovery and tackle inequalities.

The Union will use its influence for encouraging others to raise their climate, to establish global rules for new digital technologies and  modernising global institutions and building global partnerships and alliances.

The EU puts its full weight behind the UN Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire and reinforced support for peace processes around the world and props up the “Call for Action” to advance and protect the human rights of all human beings.

The EU is working for ensuring universal access to Covid-19 vaccines, and together with its member countries already has committed more than €850m to COVAX to purchase and deliver vaccines to low and middle-income countries, as part of the collective objective to buy 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021.

The Union is leading the WHO reform in Geneva to reinforce its international preparedness and response capacity to health emergencies. It is also supporting the development of normative frameworks for Artificial Intelligence, promoting the protection of personal data and human rights online.


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