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EU develops policy to promote multilateral solution to global challenges

Victoria Ogunrinde

Member countries of the European Union (EU) has put together a new strategy towards making use of all tools at the EU’s disposal, including its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support to promote to promote multilateral solutions to global challenges.

The Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, in a press statement said, 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.”

According to Urpilainen, “the new strategy spells out our ambition on inclusive multilateralism, our strong commitment to renew it and it will be underpinned by specific actions.”

While defining and defending the EU’s priorities and values in the multilateral system, the Commissioner noted that the challenges of the 21st century call for more, and 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,” he said.

However, the EU thereby pledged their continuous support to the UN Secretary-General’s reform efforts noting that It will promote the modernisation of key institutions such as the World Health Organisation and the World Trade Organisation.

“It will 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.”

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