Belgium wants more international cooperation
Belgium takes part of the “Alliance for Multilateralism”, because it is only by strengthening international cooperation that we can successfully tackle global challenges.
The brand new “Alliance for Multilateralism” refers to a group of countries that, under the impulse of France and Germany, wants to defend and strengthen international cooperation, now that it is under attack. The alliance was launched at the United Nations General Assembly in New York at the end of September 2019.
Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo participated in the launch for Belgium. “Multilateralism is under pressure at a time when we need more international cooperation”, the minister said. “No country can tackle major challenges such as terrorism, climate change, migration, human rights, digital transformation or sustainable development on its own. Some prefer a world no longer defined by common values and mutually agreed rules, but rather by self-interest and mercantile motives. If history has taught us anything, it is that such approach is not very successful in the long run."
No country can tackle major challenges such as terrorism, climate change, migration, human rights, digital transformation or sustainable development on its own.
Deputy Prime Minister De Croo calls for a smarter and more sustainable strategy that strengthens existing alliances, opens the door to new friends, and renews and strengthens the international legal order we built together. It is therefore essential that all countries – and especially the larger ones – play by common rules, rather than merely serving short-term interests through hard power play.
"Multilateralism is a very conscious choice for Belgium. Our country was one of the founding fathers of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO. At a time when others are trying to undermine international cooperation, we must have the courage to go against the tide," stated Minister De Croo.
Belgium - currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council - already supports a number of concrete initiatives. As a result, our country will take action to strengthen respect for international humanitarian law and also contribute to the development of a strategy to manage climate-related risks to security. Belgium also wishes to work hand in hand with other countries to promote cybersecurity. Further concrete multilateral action initiatives will follow.
Would you like to know more about the benefits of international cooperation? Then read “Why international cooperation is more important than ever”