Rethinking Multilateralism and Global Governance

2022: The world is in crisis. Corona, Ukraine, Pakistan – the list grows day by day. Even worse: Shifting power dynamics and ongoing geostrategic conflicts are placing enormous strain on international institutions – and these are, after all, the very formats best equipped to confront problems at a global level. This dilemma raises many questions: How can we reform these institutions? Should we consider a more multipolar system as an alternative to multilateralism? And how much do these institutional questions matter?

With these issues in mind the Global Solutions Initiative launched the workshop series “Rethinking Multilateralism and Global Governance.” The series brings together researchers, policymakers, and representatives of civil society to tackle these challenges through a structured dialogue and develop new strategies and models for international cooperation.


Taking a global perspective, the overarching goal of the workshop is to translate these discussions into concrete, evidence-based policy recommendations for governance fora such as the G7 and G20, so they can play an appropriate role in creating a more sustainable, resilient, and fair world order.

Read the article – “Will multilateralism become a victim of de-globalisation?” by Markus Engels in IPS Journal

Open Society Foundation Report – “Global Perspectives on a World in Crisis”

Parag Khanna in Die ZEIT – “Is a World Order Even Possible?”

Tetsushi Sonobe (Lead Chair T7 Japan 2023, ADBI) and Syed Munir Khasru (IPAG) – “Japan Should Bridge the Gap Between G7 and G20″

ISPI Dossier on the prospects for the G20 Leaders Meeting – “G20: Can Leaders Still Deliver?” 

Amrita Narlikar on liberal values and the Global South – “The West Uses Double Standards – An Interview with Amrita Narlikar

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos (South African Institute of International Affairs) – “How do Global South politics of non-alignment and solidarity explain South Africa’s position on Ukraine?

Brookings: Essays on a 21st Century Multilateralism that works for all – “Multilateralism, liberal values, and the Global South” by Amrita Narlikar

Marianne Beisheim (SWP) and Silke Weinlich (IDOS) – “Germany and Namibia as Co-leads for the United Nations”

Upcoming event(s)

Past event(s)

The Coalition for the UN We Need (C4UN) partners and global civil society are organizing a series of Regional Futures Forums (RFFs) to bring critical and diverse intergenerational civil society perspectives into preparations for the first annual civil society-led Global Futures Forum (GFF) scheduled for 20-21 March 2023 in New York. Special effort is made ... Read more
The session will begin with three brief introductory statements by experts in the UN process. First, Richard Gowan, UN Director at the International Crisis Group, will share his perspective on the feasibiity of UN reform and make an evaluation of the most needed changes to the multilateral system. Next, Dr. Silke Weinlich, Project Lead and ... Read more
In this session, Amrita Narlikar, President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, will share her perspective on how to integrate the heterogeneous voices of the Global South into the multilateralist stage. If interested, contact elisabeth.schroeder@global-solutions-initiative.org.
Online lecture by Professor Colin Bradford, Global Solutions Fellow.
The workshop series will discuss new strategies and models for international cooperation that is sustainable, resilient and just in the light of multiple global crises. It will address governance fora like the G20/G7 with concrete policy proposals. If interested, contact Elisabeth.schroeder@global-solutions-initiative.org

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