During the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the French and German Foreign Ministers presented a “Humanitarian Call for Action” during an event organized by France and Germany on the Alliance for multilateralism.
The Call for Action to strengthen respect for international humanitarian law and principled humanitarian action reaffirms the urgent need to protect civilians—including health workers and the wounded and sick—during armed conflict.
The Call for Action identifies concrete commitments Member States can make to strengthen respect for international humanitarian law and principled humanitarian action, in particular to:
• Reinforce national frameworks to ensure domestic implementation of international humanitarian law, including to ensure health workers are not prosecuted for providing impartial medical care
• Improve knowledge on international humanitarian law
• Influence parties to an armed conflict regarding respect of international humanitarian law
• Support efforts to collect and analyze information, improve prevention and ensure accountability, including efforts to collect and analyze data on instances where harm to health workers occurred in armed conflict.
This Call to Action has been endorsed by 43 States: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Central African Republic, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Niger, North Macedonia, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and Uruguay.