Multilateralism 4.0

At a time where the sovereignty of nation-states is undermined in many ways and where, partly in reaction to this, ‘our country first’ nationalistic and autocratic answers are gaining traction, it is time for Multilateralism 4.0. Earlier efforts for multilateral order such as the Conference Diplomacy of the 19th century and the League of Nations could not prevent global catastrophes. "To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war", the United Nations was established as the third, most global and encompassing multilateral structure. But in its current form, this 20th century organization seems ill equipped to deal with the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. We envision a reshaped multilateral order in which democracy on the national and the global level are mutually reinforcing, with a reformed, more democratic, well-resourced UN at the center.

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June 21, 2018 | Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

"Preparing the UN 2020 Summit"

The 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 presents a unique opportunity to renew and strengthen the organization.


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May 17, 2018 | Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

“President or Paper Tiger? Strengthening the Role of the President of the UN General Assembly”

It is time to review and to strengthen the functioning of the Presidency of the General Assembly so that the office as an institution can deliver more...


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May 15, 2018 | Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy | Event

"Labour Migration and the Global Compact: Ensuring Rights, Protections and a Decent Work Agenda"

Employment prospects in destination countries and the lack of decent work opportunities in origin countries are a driving force for millions of...


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Our latest Publications

  • | Multilateralism 4.0, Sustaining Peace | Publication

    "In the Hot Seat: What can Germany Achieve in the Security Council?"

    Germany’s time on the Security Council brings an opportunity for Berlin to demonstrate that it is ready to play at the highest level of global crisis...

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  • | Multilateralism 4.0, Sustaining Peace | Publication

    "In Search of Pathways to Peace"

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres plans to instill new life into the United Nations by making prevention of wars and armed conflicts the hallmark...

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  • March 29, 2018 | 2030 Agenda, Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy | Publication

    MACROSCOPE: "Growth & the Elephant in the Room"

    The challenges of financing for development (FFD) are many - from a weakened multilateral system to persistent inequalities - but the key for UN...

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  • | Multilateralism 4.0, Sustaining Peace | Publication

    "Think Piece 22: Security in Times of Uncertainty in Asia"

    Asia's security outlook still appears to be laden with uncertainties. From the changing dynamics in the balance of power, an emboldened North Korea...

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  • | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    "Think Piece 21: Providing Security in Times of Uncertainty"

    The final report, distills the findings of a two-year effort by more than 20 international experts to find answers on how to overcome rising...

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  • | Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    "President or Paper Tiger? The Role of the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations"

    This publication focuses on the role and influence of the President of the UN General Assembly within political affairs as well as how much influence...

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