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

Wednesday, 12.06.19 | Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

GPD on Global Security, Justice, and Economic Institutions

Improving today's global security, justice, and economic architecture requires fresh ideas and perspectives.


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Tuesday, 07.05.19 | Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

Addressing Multilateralism in Crisis

Topics covered at this side event include prospects for a successful NPT Review Conference, the Secretary-General’s 2018 report on disarmament, the...


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Monday, 11.03.19 | Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy | Event

Networking Across Boards and Borders

Feminist activists and experts from across the globe gathered for an evening of informal discussion and exchange.


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Our latest Publications

  • | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    A Global Common Good

    Humanitarian organizations - both inside and outside the UN system - have insufficient funds.

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  • | Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy | Publication

    Fair Play in World Trade

    Trade policy must not be an end in itself, but has to serve broader, fair and democratic objectives.

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  • 14.12.2018 | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    MACROSCOPE: Should Germany Push for UN Blue Helmets in Eastern Ukraine?

    Can Germany use its upcoming term on the Security Council to refocus international attention on the unresolved crisis in Eastern Ukraine?

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  • 07.12.2018 | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    MACROSCOPE: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

    Early December, the world was commemorating the 70th anniversaries of two landmark agreements: the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of...

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  • | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    "Making 'Never Again' a Reality"

    Germany is uniquely positioned - and obligated - to prioritize atrocity prevention on the international stage.

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  • | 2030 Agenda, Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy | Publication

    "The 2030 Agenda: An Unprecedented Statistical Challenge"

    The 2030 measurement framework presents challenges and possible unintended consequences for countries, their statistical systems and the broader...

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