In an age of “America First”, 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 of multilateralists
“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 of multilateralists” 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.