News - Politics & Policy - February 18, 2021

EU’s unfolds fresh agenda to promote global peace, security, others
The European Union on Wednesday announced a new strategy to strengthen its contributions to rules-based multilateralism.
Multilateralism is the process of organizing relations between groups and many nation states of the world
The EU Commission said its expectations and ambitions for the system is a proposal for the use of all tools at its disposal, including its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support to promote global peace and security, defend human rights and international law, and to promote multilateral solutions to global challenges.
The EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President for a Stronger Europe in the World, Josep Borrell, said: “Multilateralism matters because it works. But we cannot be ‘multilateralists’ alone.”
At a time of growing skepticism, Mr Borrell said the world must demonstrate the benefit and relevance of the multilateral system by building “a stronger, more diverse and inclusive partnerships to lead its modernization and shape global responses to the challenges of the 21st century, some of which threaten the very existence of humanity.”
The Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said the EU has been and would continue to be the best ally of multilateralism and its institutions.
However, he said the more complex global environment calls the EU to be “more united, coherent, focused, and better leverage our collective Team Europe strength.:
“This new strategy spells out our ambition on inclusive multilateralism, our strong commitment to renew it and it will be underpinned by specific actions,” he said.
Defining and defending its priorities and values in the multilateral system, the EU said the challenges of the 21st century call for more, not less, multilateral governance and rules-based international cooperation.
“The EU has defined clear strategic priorities on issues that no country can face alone: peace and security, human rights and the rule of law, sustainable development, public health, or climate.
“Now, it needs to advance these priorities multilaterally in a strategic approach to ensure a safer world and a sustainable, inclusive global recovery.
“The EU must step up its leadership and ‘deliver as one’ to ‘succeed as one’. To this end, the EU will advance more efficient coordination mechanisms around joint priorities and making better use of its collective strength, including building on the Team Europe approach. Its democratic and unique regulatory strengths are assets to help build a better world, while its security and defence structures support global efforts to keep, sustain and build international peace and security.
To ensure the global multilateral system is ‘fit for purpose’ to address today’s global challenges, the EU said it would continue to support the UN Secretary-General’s reform efforts to modernize the system.
To achieve this, it said, it would promote the modernization of key institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
It said it would also spearhead the development of new global norms and the establishment of cooperation platforms in areas such as taxation, the digital sphere or Artificial Intelligence.
To change the multilateral landscape, the EU said it would require a new and stronger generation of partnerships in Europe through building new alliances with third countries, reinforce cooperation with multilateral and regional organizations.
The new partnership, it said, would also involve relationships with other stakeholders, especially those with whom the EU shares democratic values and, with others, it will seek a common ground issue by issue.
It pledged to support partner countries in engaging more effectively in the multilateral system and ensure systematic follow-up of bilateral commitments with partners to advance multilateral objectives.
“EU aims to build a more inclusive multilateralism. It is important to engage also with civil society as well as the private sector, social and other stakeholders,” it said.
On next steps, the EU Commission said it invited the European Parliament and the Council to endorse the approach and to work together on these priorities.
To respond successfully to global crises, threats and challenges, the EU urged the international community to embrace an efficient multilateral system founded on universal rules and values, with the UN remaining at the core of the multilateral system.
The EU and its Member States are the largest financial donors to the UN system, to the Bretton Woods institutions, and many other international fora. They provide almost one quarter of all financial contributions to the UN’s funds and programmes, whilst the EU Member States also provide almost one fourth of the UN’s regular budget.
At the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, EU Member States hold over a quarter of voting power close to a third of financial contributions come from the EU and its Member States.
The EU works very closely with and in other international organizations and entities, such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Finally, the EU seeks closer cooperation with other regional and multinational groupings such as the African Union, the Organization of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States, the Association of South East Asian Nations or the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States to address common challenges and to work together at the international level.

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