Developing multilateral cooperation

Promoting coperation amongst states
Strengthening multilateral cooperation
The multilateral cooperation which has grown up in the United Nations system has proved itself to be irreplaceable, despite a host of difficulties. The desire to take collective responsibility for all the different world problems, based on the principle of the equality of states, was what gave rise to the UN system in the first place. This project to build a community of interdependent nations has taken on a wider dimension with the emergence within the international community of new sovereign states, anxious to play their full part in deciding and directing the affairs of the world.
The strengthening of multilateral cooperation is particularly vital in that the challenges of the past decade are addressed to all nations, and that what is at stake is the common destiny of humanity. There is now a pathwork of multilateral institutions, some effective, others less so, and many of them undertaking overlapping tasks. A comprehensive and wide-ranging review of current multilateral practices is required to identify areas for reform and improvement in the context of an interdependent world economic system. In reforming and improving such arrangements, the primary aim should be to ensure social and economic justice, fairness, equity and transparency in multilateral governance, and the application of democratic principles in decision-making processes. It is not essential that multilateral institutions should always be UN agencies. Multilateralism can thrive within and outside the UN system.
Type Classification:
G: Very Specific strategies