The Independent Commission on Multilateralism

The time is now to examine how countries collectively respond to crisis. The world is undergoing major transformations at unprecedented speeds, putting enormous stress on our institutions of global governance. The United Nations itself is the product of seven decades of cumulative institutional development. Is it working? Is it fit for purpose?

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Leadership

Kevin Rudd serves as the Chair of ICM. He is a former Australian politician who served twice as Prime Minister of Australia. Among his many roles as a global leader, Mr. Rudd serves as President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. You can follow him on Twitter @MrKRudd

Barbara Gibson is ICM’s Deputy Secretary-General. A career Canadian Foreign service diplomat, she is seconded to the ICM as part of Canada’s contribution. She has previously served as Canada’s Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, from 2004-2008. You can follow her on twitter @gibsonnyc

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  • Weapons of Mass Destruction, Non-proliferation, and DisarmamentRead more

    We welcome your thoughts on this paper as part of this dialogue. Click here to see what others have said so far, and add your own views in the comments section.
    Questions to consider:
    1) How should the multilateral system, and the UN in particular, best frame its approach to weapons of mass destruction, non-proliferation, and disarmament?
    2) In light of the analysis put forth in the paper, what is your reaction to the policy recommendations and what other recommendations, if any, would (...)

  • Global Pandemics and Global Public HealthRead more

    With the global health architecture increasingly under strain and the links between health, development, and security becoming ever clearer, the multilateral system must address global health issues with renewed focus. This paper explores the main challenges related to global health, provides an overview of current debates, and offers a number of recommendations to the multilateral system.

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Discussion Papers

  • Global Pandemics and Global Public HealthRead more

    With the global health architecture increasingly under strain and the links between health, development, and security becoming ever clearer, the multilateral system must address global health issues with renewed focus. This paper explores the main challenges related to global health, provides an overview of current debates, and offers a number of recommendations to the multilateral system.

  • Humanitarian EngagementsRead more

    Never before has the gap between humanitarian needs and the international capacity to deliver an adequate humanitarian response appeared greater than it does today. This paper aims to identify the main reasons underlying this reality and to trigger a discussion on how the multilateral system can better prevent and respond to humanitarian crises.

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Events

  • Sixteenth ICM Retreat Analyzes Armed Conflict: Mediation, Conciliation, and Peacekeeping Read more

    The persistence of armed conflict and its effects lies at the center of current crises, precipitating concerns that global stability is at risk. Taking a long view of history, the world is less war-torn than in previous centuries. Yet while the overall number of armed conflicts continues to decline, the number of conflict-related deaths has risen dramatically in recent years, from 56,000 fatalities in 63 active conflicts in 2008 to 180,000 fatalities in 42 active conflicts in 2014. Since (...)

  • Fifteenth ICM Retreat Discusses Communication Strategy for the UN Multilateral SystemRead more

    The UN is unique in its universality, credibility and unmatched convening power. There are parts of the world where the UN’s word is the ultimate benchmark. Seventy years after its inception, the UN continues to project success stories: from the adoption of the historic 2030 Agenda to spearheading the COP21 Paris Agreement. And yet, in other parts of the world, the UN’s relevance and preeminence as the epicenter of global governance is taken for granted. It is often not viewed as a solution (...)

  • Public Consultation on the 2030 Agenda, Climate Change, and UN PartnershipsRead more

    The ICM hosted a public consultation on March 16th on two of its discussion papers: “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addressing Climate Change” and “The Relationship between the UN and Regional Organizations, Civil Society, the Private Sector, and NGOs.”
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    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, both universally applicable, were adopted with an unprecedented sense of ownership by member states. The relevant ICM (...)

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