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Young Voices on the Future of Multilateralism | Oct 23, 2020


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Multilateralism is under fire, precisely when we need it most”. This 2018 statement by UN Secretary António General Guterres seems more pressing now than ever before. The Covid-19 pandemic, an escalating climate crisis and protracted conflicts around the world underscore the exceptional urgency for more global coordination, multilateral solutions and the recoupling of economic, ecological and social wellbeing. Yet, today’s global order is marked by an increased reliance on unilateralism and zero-sum calculations. Major international climate and security agreements are in jeopardy and put our planet and the future of younger generations at risk. How can we transform the future of multilateralism? What role can and should the United Nations play? And how do younger generations envision this path?

This event was co-designed and facilitated by the Young Global Changers – a network of policy thinkers and innovators from around the world. The Young Global Changers are engaged in projects and activities that work towards the Recoupling of economic, political, environmental and social domains. With this event the Young Global Changers want to give room to youth-led initiatives – but also, to intergenerational dialogue. The event is a joint project by the Global Solutions Initiative and 1014. The activities will complement the ongoing UN global dialogue initiative, UN75.

Online Event: October 23rd, 20204 pm CEST (Berlin) & 10 am EST (New York) | See recording above


Fabrizio Hochschild

Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond
UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for UN75


Magdalena Hess

Magdalena Hess
Climate Activist & Nationwide Social Media Spokesperson at Fridays for Future (Germany)

Radha Kulkarni

Radha Kulkarni
Resource Mobilization Manager for UNICEF & Member of Young UN: Agents for Change

Enyseh Teimory

Enyseh Teimory
Campaigner with Together First & Communications Officer at the United Nations Association (UK)

Aniqah Zowmi

Aniqah Zowmi
Director at Leading Change Canada and Lead Author UNESCO #YouthWagingPeace

Ali Aslan

Ali Aslan
Journalist & TV presenter

Expert Input

María Elena Agüero

María Elena Agüero
Secretary General of the Club of Madrid

Niels Annen
Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office 

Christoph Heusgen
Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN

Robert Malley

Robert Malley
President & CEO of the International Crisis Group

The YGC Engagement Group on the Future of Multilateralism & Global Governance


Contributions by the Young Global Changers

Statement Video on Multilateralism by the 2020 YGCs

Take a look at the video with statements and questions by the YGC Working Group on the Future of Multilateralism and Global Governance.

Localization of Growth for Recoupling Progress

By Anaswara Kovithal (YGC 2020), Ji Yoon Han (Hertie School), Renan Magalhães (Hertie School)

Policy Recommendations, Policy Briefs and Articles

Policy Briefs on the Future of Multilateralism and Global Governance

Policy Briefs contain recommendations and visions and cover policy ares that are of interest to G20 policymakers. The majority of the Policy Briefs has been developed by a corresponding T20 Task Force.

Towards a Responsible Globalization that Empowers Citizens and Leaves No One Behind 

By Dennis J. Snower (Global Solutions), Sebastian Strauss (Brookings), Homi Kharas (Brookings)

T20 Recommendations Report: Global Governance and the Future of International Institutions

Compiled by Dennis Görlich (IfW Kiel) and Juliane Stein-Zalai (IfW Kiel)

The future of multilateralism – Global Solutions Journal

Global Tables on the Future of Multilateralism and Global Governance

>>Find the full list of contributions at the 2020 Global Tables on the Future of Multilateralism and Global Governance.

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