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.

Our latest Events

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

"Networking Across Boards and Borders: Strategies for Advancing Gender Equality in Rural Areas"

FES and partners co-hosted this international reception on the sidelines of CSW62 bringing together feminist activists, academics and policy-makers...


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December 20, 2017 | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

"UN Security Council and Climate Change: Bully Pulpit or Bull in a China Shop?"

FES New York co-hosted this publication launch and discussion on climate change and the UN Security Council together with the Permanent Missions of...


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October 10, 2017 | Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

"Willy Brandt – Life of a Statesman" by Hélène Miard-Delacroix

FES New York and Goethe-Institut New York co-hosted this presentation and discussion on the recently translated biography “Willy Brandt – Life of a...


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Our latest Publications

  • | 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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  • | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    "Climate Change and Global Security – What role for the UN Security Council?"

    This publication focuses on the connection of climate change and global security and discusses whether actions on climate change could trigger...

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