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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Monday, 15.10.18 | 2030 Agenda, Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

"UN2020 Information, Organization and Strategy Meeting Responding to Multilateralism in Crisis"

The upcoming 75th anniversary of the UN provides an opportunity to renew momentum for a more "people-centered" multilateralism, both inside and...


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Monday, 15.10.18 | Sustaining Peace, Multilateralism 4.0 | Event

Victim Assistance and Environmental Remediation in States and Territories Affected by Nuclear Weapons Testing in the Pacific

Nuclear weapons use, testing, development and production have caused multi-generational human harm and persistent environmental damage that pose a...


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Monday, 24.09.18 | Multilateralism 4.0, Inclusive Economy, 2030 Agenda | Event

"Achieving the SDGs through Stakeholder Engagement for a More Sustainable Financial Sector"

To create real potential for the UN’s 2030 Agenda, the financial sector and its largest institutions must be brought back into service of the real,...


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Our latest Publications

  • | Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    Make the United Nations patriotic again? Donald Trump at the General Assembly

    In a reshaped multilateral order, democracy on the national and global levels are mutually reinforcing and a reformed, well-resourced and more...

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  • | 2030 Agenda, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    "Multilateralisten der Welt, vereinigt euch!"

    Keine Frage, multilaterale Institutionen wie die Vereinten Nationen und Multilateralisten haben derzeit einen schweren Stand.

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  • 14.09.2018 | Inclusive Economy, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    "Reforming Bank Governance: 'Top-Down' Reform and Bank Resistance"

    Looking back at the failure of reforms since 2008, this paper proposes ways in which “regulation from below” by engaged and empowered bank workers can...

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  • 14.09.2018 | Inclusive Economy, Multilateralism 4.0 | Publication

    "Tipping the Balance: Collective Action by Finance Workers Creates 'Regulation From Below'"

    Instead of relying on legal and supervisory systems to take on the entire task of financial regulation “from above”, this paper argues that employees...

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  • | 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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