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

Thursday, 14.02.19 | 2030 Agenda, Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy | Event

"Multilateralism as an essential tool to reduce inequality within and among countries (SDG 10)"

International rules and global economic governance arrangements should be changed to counteract increasing inequality within and among countries.


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Sunday, 09.12.18 to Monday, 10.12.18 | 2030 Agenda, Inclusive Economy, Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

UN Member States advance the agenda for Financing Sustainable Development

In a 2-day retreat, governments prepared to chart the way forward amidst an increasingly challenging global economy.


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Tuesday, 04.12.18 | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

Launch Event: "Making 'Never Again' a Reality"

Germany's term on the Security Council brings both an opportunity and an obligation to honor its history by advancing atrocity prevention.


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Our latest Publications

  • | 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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  • 06.02.2019 | 2030 Agenda, Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy | Publication

    "Knowledge and Politics in Setting and Measuring the SDGs"

    The papers in this special issue investigate the politics that shaped the SDGs, the setting of the goals, the selection of the measurement methods.

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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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