UN / ALLIANCE FOR MULTILATERALISM

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On the occasion of its second anniversary, the Alliance for Multilateralism held a hybrid ministerial meeting on the margins of the High-Level Week of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

23 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas walks up to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Heiko Maas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“I still remember a former US President telling us that if we put our country’s first, the whole world would be better off. Fortunately, that dangerous concept did not succeed. In fact we made it clear that multilateralism matters, that the international cooperation works for the common good, Despite all of the shortcomings that exist, we have joined forces against the pandemic; we are stepping up cooperation to tackle climate change in the runup to COP26 in Glasgow; and as we evacuate our citizens and other vulnerable people from Afghanistan, we are seeing an incredible degree of international burden sharing.”
4. Wide shot, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian walks up to podium
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France:
“We must make all efforts when it comes to international solidarity to make sure that the vaccine becomes a global public good - and Heiko just referred to the ACT initiative. And we also have to work vigorously in order to increase global production capacities, in particular in the south. To that effect, together with the WHO, we need to strengthen the health architecture around the globe we'll need to strengthen international health regulations and maybe add to them. We need to improve the political governance of the global health system.
6. Wide shot, Le Drian walks away from podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We must learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us to prevent a tragedy on this scale from happening again. We need better governance that’s inclusive, equitable, and accountable, including a legally binding international agreement on pandemic preparedness and response. We need better financing for national and global capacities using existing financial institutions. We need better systems and told to detect, prevent, and prepare for, and respond rapidly to outbreaks, and we need a stronger, sustainably financed, and empowered WHO at the centre of the global health architecture.”
8. Wide shot, moderator speaking

STORYLINE:

On the occasion of its second anniversary, the Alliance for Multilateralism today (23 Sep) held a hybrid ministerial meeting on the margins of the High-Level Week of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened the meeting and said, “I still remember a former US President telling us that if we put our country’s first, the whole world would be better off. Fortunately, that dangerous concept did not succeed. In fact we made it clear that multilateralism matters, that the international cooperation works for the common good, Despite all of the shortcomings that exist, we have joined forces against the pandemic; we are stepping up cooperation to tackle climate change in the runup to COP26 in Glasgow; and as we evacuate our citizens and other vulnerable people from Afghanistan, we are seeing an incredible degree of international burden sharing.”

French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said, “we must make all efforts when it comes to international solidarity to make sure that the vaccine becomes a global public good - and Heiko just referred to the ACT initiative. And we also have to work vigorously in order to increase global production capacities, in particular in the south. To that effect, together with the WHO, we need to strengthen the health architecture around the globe we'll need to strengthen international health regulations and maybe add to them. We need to improve the political governance of the global health system.

In that regard, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, “we must learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us to prevent a tragedy on this scale from happening again. We need better governance that’s inclusive, equitable, and accountable, including a legally binding international agreement on pandemic preparedness and response. We need better financing for national and global capacities using existing financial institutions. We need better systems and told to detect, prevent, and prepare for, and respond rapidly to outbreaks, and we need a stronger, sustainably financed, and empowered WHO at the centre of the global health architecture.”

The “Alliance for Multilateralism” launched in 2020 by the French and German Foreign Ministers is an informal network of countries united in their conviction that a rules-based multilateral order is the only reliable guarantee for international stability and peace and that our common challenges can only be solved through cooperation.

The Alliance aims to renew the global commitment to stabilize the rules-based international order, uphold its principles and adapt it, where necessary.
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