Belgian UN policy
Belgium is an ardent defender of the principles of multilateralism, which is part of our diplomatic DNA. In a world where countries are becoming more and more dependent and societies are more interconnected than ever, international cooperation is an absolute necessity. Multilateralism is crucial for international stability, stronger democracy and greater well-being for all. The United Nations plays a decisive role in this.
The objectives of Belgian foreign and development policy are aligned with those of the United Nations and its specialist programmes, funds and agencies. In doing so, this country advocates sustainable and predictable financial contributions and is committed to strong political involvement in the UN system. For example, during the 2019-2020 period, our country will be sitting on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for the sixth time in its history.
Belgium’s multilateral policy is in line with that of the EU. For example, our country endorses the Conclusions on EU action to strengthen rules-based multilateralism, as adopted by the Council of the European Union on 17 June 2019. In this, the EU is advocating for an effective, relevant and resilient multilateral system that remains faithful to the rules and principles of the UN Charter. Multilateralism, with the United Nations at its core, is the cornerstone of the EU's external policy. As the largest collective financial contributor, the EU and its Member States play an important role in setting the multilateral agenda.
Like the EU, this country supports the necessary modernisation of the United Nations and advocates reforms that make the organisation more effective, transparent, democratic, representative and accountable. To this end, improved working methods in the General Assembly and Security Council reforms will be essential. Belgium also aims to strengthen coordination between the three major areas in which the United Nations is active, namely peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.
Socio-economically, our country advocates for efficient and inclusive multilateralism. Together with the international community, Belgium is making every effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and supports the efforts of the United Nations to promote human rights. For example, our country is a candidate for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 period. Since the establishment of this body in 2006, Belgium has been a member twice: 2009-2012 and 2016-2018.