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IPU and the AFP commit to a reinvented multilateralism


On the occasion of 24 April, International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) and the IPU joined forces to reaffirm their common commitment to multilateralism through parliamentary diplomacy.

In these particularly difficult times, when world peace and stability are threatened, it is urgent to encourage joint multilateral action to facilitate the peaceful resolution of conflicts between nations and to provide innovative, relevant and sustainable solutions to combat threats to the future of our planet and humanity.

The APF and the IPU, which bring together parliamentarians from all over the world, being aware of the dangers and threats that people face, call for cooperation between interparliamentary organizations and for international solidarity to strengthen the foundations of democracy at the national level, but also to find common solutions to global problems. Such international solidarity, based on active inter-parliamentary cooperation, is the best defence against temptations of abuse and totalitarianism.

Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the IPU, and Jacques Krabal, Parliamentary Secretary General of the APF, aware of their organizations’ respective responsibility and the expectations they can raise, consider that only collective action and reaction can help avert, through a democratic awakening, the threats to the future of humanity. To achieve this they will join their initiatives.

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, proclaimed by the United Nations, is an opportunity to strongly reaffirm the common will of the APF and the IPU to act together for a reinvented multilateralism and inter-parliamentary cooperation in the service of peace and sustainable development for citizens as well as for the planet.

The APF and the IPU reaffirm that:

  • The building of peace, the strengthening of collective securitý and sustainable development on a global scale are a common ambition which must be achieved with respect for the sovereignty of States, the equal rights of peoples and their right to self-determination.
  • That the use of force is the primary responsibility of the Security Counciĺ, which shall exercise it in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the rules of international law.

The APF and the IPU recall that:

  • Multilateralism remains the preferred framework for international cooperation.
  • Issues such as humanitarian and migratory crises, climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic transcend borders and that multilateralism and inter-parliamentary diplomacy are fundamental to achieve progress in the areas of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.
  • Inter-parliamentary vigilance and the accompaniment of change remain the best ways of protecting against the uncontrolled and negative impacts of technological progress on the political and socio‑economic landscape and on relations between States.