Debate Insights

Like a Phoenix from the Ashes? Multilateralism in a (Post-)Covid World
The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on multilateral cooperation, with many states endorsing nationalism and "my country first" policies. The session looked at options to turn the current crisis into an opportunity for more effective multilateral cooperation. How can...
UN75 and the future of Multilateralism
In 2020, the United Nations celebrated its 75th anniversary and launched its most ambitious effort to crowdsource priorities and solutions to global challenges – from COVID-19 to the climate crisis, geopolitical tensions, deepening inequalities, and major transformations in our societies,...
AU-EU Youth Hub: kickstarting new approaches with youth in the driving seat
The first Hub session (November 2018) was dedicated to building innovative projects based on the priorities presented by Youth at the AU-EU Abidjan Summit. The second Hub session (November 2019) kick-started project implementation, enabling the 42 youth from the Hub...
Defeating the Deadlock: Towards a New Consensus for Multilateral Action
Climate change, new technologies, migration, global inequalities – many of the current global challenges require collective responses. At the same time, the multilateral order is under fire. Great power politics and nationalism are on the rise while support for international...
Borders in a ‘Borderless’ World
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the world has seen unprecedented levels of interconnectedness. Globalization and transnational flows of people, goods, capital, and information were expected to render borders less and less important. 30 years later, the opposite seems...
Surviving Climate Wrath: Building Resilient Infrastructure in an Age of Global Warming
Half of the world’s infrastructure that will exist in 2050 is yet to be built. This presents us with unique challenges and unprecedented opportunities. The key challenge is that during their long lifecycle, all infrastructure systems will be exposed to...
Rehab: Shaping a More Effective Response to Drug Trafficking Worldwide
Global evidence, UN reports and scientific literature indicate that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed to achieve its objectives of eliminating or reducing the production, consumption and trafficking of illegal drugs. Furthermore, it has created major negative consequences, mostly unintended,...
Still Not Equal: How to Make the Generation Equality Forum of May-July 2020 a Transformational Moment
Last year, France and Mexico agreed to host the Generation Equality Forum in 2020. This Forum, convened by UN Women and organized in close partnership with civil society, aims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing...
Meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism
The Alliance for Multilateralism is a network of Foreign Ministers committed to promoting a law-based international order. The Alliance meeting on digital governance aimed to foster the necessary dialogue between states, relevant international organizations, businesses, and civil society. The development...
COP15 Kunming: Last Boarding Call for Biodiversity
Just one year away from the COP15 in Kunming, one million species are threatened, with humans at the root of most of the damage to lands and marine ecosystems. In 2020, China will host the next major international forum on...

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