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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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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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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Our latest Publications

  • 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"

    In a few days the world will be 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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  • | 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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