Rethinking Multilateralism and Global Governance

Global problem-solving appears to be at a standstill. With shifting power dynamics, the ongoing threat of climate change, and incoming economic transformations, the world needs stable multilateral institutions that are equipped to respond to today’s crises. However, our current system has fallen short of producing equitable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This dilemma raises many questions: How can we reform these institutions? How can we increase representation while improving global capacities for problem-solving? And how much do these institutional questions matter?

With these issues in mind, the Global Solutions Initiative launched the workshop series “Rethinking Multilateralism and Global Governance.” The series brings together researchers, policymakers, and representatives of civil society to tackle these challenges through a structured dialogue to develop new strategies and models for international cooperation.

Taking a global perspective, the overarching goal of the workshop is to translate these discussions into concrete, evidence-based policy recommendations for governance fora such as the G7 and G20, so they can play an appropriate role in creating a more sustainable, resilient, and fair world order.

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As Brazil is set to assume the G20 Presidency in 2024, expectations are high for the country to drive effective policymaking on pressing global issues. With the key priorities focusing on social inclusion, sustainable development, and global governance reform, Brazil is presented with a unique opportunity to strengthen its position ... Read more
With  the African Union’s invitation to join as a permanent member of the G20, African states have now gained a voice in one of the most influential multilateral bodies. Framed as a sign of good will from the G20, many speculate how this will rebalance international power dynamics. Whether this ... Read more
The Coalition for the UN We Need (C4UN) partners and global civil society are organizing a series of Regional Futures Forums (RFFs) to bring critical and diverse intergenerational civil society perspectives into preparations for the first annual civil society-led Global Futures Forum (GFF) scheduled for 20-21 March 2023 in New ... Read more
The session will begin with three brief introductory statements by experts in the UN process. First, Richard Gowan, UN Director at the International Crisis Group, will share his perspective on the feasibiity of UN reform and make an evaluation of the most needed changes to the multilateral system. Next, Dr. ... Read more
In this session, Amrita Narlikar, President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, will share her perspective on how to integrate the heterogeneous voices of the Global South into the multilateralist stage. If interested, contact elisabeth.schroeder@global-solutions-initiative.org.
Online lecture by Professor Colin Bradford, Global Solutions Fellow.
The workshop series will discuss new strategies and models for international cooperation that is sustainable, resilient and just in the light of multiple global crises. It will address governance fora like the G20/G7 with concrete policy proposals. If interested, contact Elisabeth.schroeder@global-solutions-initiative.org

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