President Joe Biden and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed on Thursday a new version of the Atlantic Charter adapted to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.
Both officials signed the new version of the document in Carbis Bay (Cornwall, southwest of the United Kingdom) during the meeting they held this Thursday, before the start, on Friday, of the G7 summit in that same place.
In the text, both countries affirm their commitment to support shared values and defend themselves against “new and old” challenges.
” We are committed to working closely with all partners who share our democratic values and to counter the efforts of those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions,” they say.
The original version of the Atlantic Agreement was initialed in 1941 by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in the midst of World War II and served to mark the objectives of the United States and the United Kingdom after the conflict.
The new document comes after more than a year and a half of the pandemic and is adapted to the new times: Throughout eight points the principles with which the United States and the United Kingdom seek to govern themselves in the post-covid era are broken down. 19.
The first advocates a defense of democratic values, principles and institutions through transparency, the rule of law, and support for civil society and independent media.
Likewise, both countries intend to strengthen these institutions, as well as the laws and norms that support international cooperation, to adapt them to the new challenges of the 21st century and preserve them against those who try to undermine them.
The third point emphasizes unity around the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and the peaceful resolution of disputes.
“We oppose interference through misinformation and other malicious influences, including (those that occur) in elections,” he adds, “and we reaffirm our commitment to transparency, sustainability and good governance of debt relief.”
At this point they make a reference to the defense of the principles of “freedom of navigation and overflight, and of other legal uses of the seas”, in what may be an allusion to China, which is increasing its naval capacity.
The new Atlantic Charter also includes the American and British will to protect innovative initiatives in science and technology to contribute to common security and put them at the service of democratic values, in another reference to the Asian giant advance.
Likewise, it adds a point of special interest for the United States on “modern threats” and more specifically cyber attacks, and remarks that NATO will continue to be its “nuclear alliance”, as long as this type of weaponry continues to exist, in a message which is apparently aimed at Russia.
“We promise to promote a framework for responsible State behavior in cyberspace, on arms control, disarmament and proliferation prevention measures,” they indicate, while ensuring that it will continue to confront terrorism.
The last part of the new letter talks about climate change and reiterates the commitment of both leaders to the creation of a just global economy that does not impact the climate, and anticipates that they will strengthen financial stability and the fight against corruption.
The text also echoes the “catastrophic effect of health crises”, such as the covid-19 pandemic, and highlights the need to strengthen “collective defenses” against these types of threats.