On 17 February 2021, the EU High Representative Josep Borrell and the European Commission put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism. The Joint Communication sets out the EU's expectations of and ambitions for the multilateral system. It proposes to make use of the full range of tools at the EU's disposal, including its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support, to promote global peace and security, defend human rights and international law, and to promote multilateral responses to global challenges.

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EU action to strengthen rules-based multilateralism

 “We will build stronger, more diverse and inclusive partnerships to lead its modernisation and shape global responses to the challenges of the 21st century, some of which threaten the very existence of humanity.”

-HRVP Josep Borrell


In recent years, the EU has intensified its engagement as a global player and is translating multilateralism into action, in line with the Council Conclusions on EU action to strengthen rules-based multilateralism. The EU and its Member States will continue to harness their convening power in support of effective multilateralism by bringing global actors together towards common solutions and will advance strategic priorities and interests multilaterally, in order to ensure a safer and more stable world and a sustainable, inclusive global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.