Debate Insights

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...
Rise of the South: Towards a more balanced global governance system
Over the years, Global South countries have requested several reforms to the existing multilateral system, to no avail. South-South platforms have therefore developed and strengthened. However, our globalized world such as ours, Southern challenges are in fact global and shared....
Art of dialogue, dialogue of the arts
Culture and the arts are powerful agents of peace. The dialogue between cultural institutions, including private ones, is built on fostering personal relationships that transcend traditional diplomacy. As such, it is crucial to international understanding and cooperation. Museums, art collectors...
Acting Together for a World Free from Child Labor and Forced Labor
Today, over 40 million persons around the world are victims of modern slavery, and 152 million children are still in child labor, 70% of them in agriculture, or either in the production of goods for exportation. Many work in hazardous...

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