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Alliance for Multilateralism: Fostering a network of international team players

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wants to set up a group of international team players.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wants to set up a group of international team players., © Thomas Koehler/photothek.net

13.06.2019 - Article

Populists and authoritarian governments are calling international cooperation more and more into question. Foreign Minister Maas is working on a new network for greater cooperation.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the Ambassadors Conference in Berlin
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the Ambassadors Conference in Berlin© Thomas Imo/photothek.net

Values such as cooperation, respect for international law and free trade are under pressure worldwide. That is why Foreign Minister Maas wants to build up a new network of countries committed to fair cooperation.

Alliance for Multilateralism

“Global problems cannot be solved by any one country alone. We need to work hand in hand,” Foreign Minister Maas said. He therefore aims to strengthen cooperation, common rules and dialogue worldwide, through a network of like-minded partners, an “alliance of multilateralists”:

Multilateralism counts, because what the world needs is more team players, not even more going it alone.

Pooling strengths for the United Nations

That is why the new group of countries should pool its strengths to ensure that the global community resolves problems by working together and that organisations such as the United Nations remain strong.

Talks with Canada, Japan and South Korea

Foreign Minister Maas has already agreed the first steps for an “alliance for Multalateralism” with several countries. France, Canada, Chile and Ghana, for example, have joined the #MultilateralismMatters campaign. “The door is wide open,” said Maas. However, there are currently no plans to set up a new organisation or fixed talks format. Instead, the main aim is that the group will support existing institutions such as the United Nations.

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