President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a new Atlantic Charter meant to reflect the shifting threats facing the world 80 years after the original document was signed during World War II.
What was in the ‘original Charter’?
In the present world order, international agreements are required to promote and protect nation’s own interests. And such cooperation requires rules.
In an age when the world is actually becoming less democratic, the new accord makes paramount the defence of democracy, followed by strengthening international institutions, recognising sovereignty and territorial integrity, supporting collective security, and a rules-based global economy. It ends with tackling the climate crisis – a notion unknown in 1941 – and, topically, the catastrophic impact of health crises.