In light of these challenges and opportunities, the European Commission and the High Representative are putting forward a set of policy proposals for a new multilateral agenda to deliver for all in today’s complex world.
“Multilateralism matters because it works. But we cannot be ‘multilateralists’ alone. At a time of growing scepticism, we must demonstrate the benefit and relevance of the multilateral system”, said the HRVP Josep Borrell.
What the EU wants
What the EU will do to achieve it
Promote and defend human rights, make the world a safer place to live
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.
The EU supports the implementation of the UN Secretary General “Call for Action” to advance and protect the human rights of all human beings.
Ensure universal access to COVID-19 vaccines
The EU and its Member States have committed more than EUR 850 million 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 EU is leading the WHO reform in Geneva to reinforce its international preparedness and response capacity to health emergencies.
Strengthen global recovery and tackle inequalities
“Team Europe” approach has mobilised around EUR 38.5 billion to support the most vulnerable in the fight against the pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
The EU has proposed a Global Recovery Initiative linking investment and debt relief to the 2030 Agenda to secure a truly transformative, post-COVID-19 path.
Win the race against climate change and restore our relationship with nature
The EU will be climate neutral in 2050 in line with the ambition set out in the European Green Deal.
The EU is encouraging others to raise their climate ambitions, meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and other agreements such as the Convention on Biodiversity.
Establish global rules for new digital technologies
The EU will continue to build strategic partnerships to shape the global digital agenda.
The EU supports the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap on Digital Cooperation.
Modernise global institutions
The EU will continue engaging actively in the reflection process in the follow-up to the UN75 declaration, to support efforts to reinvigorate an effective and inclusive multilateralism.
The EU has provided €30 million for the UN’s 2030 Agenda Fund to support the Development System reform and will pay €27 million to the UN Special Purpose Trust Fund over three years.
Build Partnerships and Alliances
The International Platform on Sustainable Finance, initialled by the EU and other partners already regroups over half of global C02 emitters and key international institutions.
The EU is shaping innovative new formats and coalitions for inclusive multilateralism engaging with civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders, such as the Paris Peace Forum and the Finance in Common Summit.