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

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What’s new

  • ICM Policy Paper: The Impact of New Technologies on Peace, Security, and DevelopmentRead more

    The current wave of technological change has created new opportunities for multilateral cooperation across a wide range of areas, including sustainable development, conflict prevention, humanitarian responses, peace operations, and state-society relations. At the same time, however, it has created an enduring “digital divide,” raised questions about Internet governance and privacy, and led to new forms of warfare that challenge existing international human rights and humanitarian laws.
    The (...)

  • ICM Policy Paper: The New Primacy of Partnerships Between the UN, Regional Organizations, Civil Society, and the Private SectorRead more

    Over the past few years, the world has been confronted with a series of crises that have challenged perceptions of global stability. Whether a moment of high risk or great opportunity, this is without a doubt a moment of growing complexity. More actors, institutions, and networks of interests are engaged in the international sphere than ever before.
    This policy paper explores three groups of these actors: regional organizations; civil society and NGOs; and the private sector. It also asks (...)

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Final Reports

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Issue Areas

  • Fifteen Issue Areas Cover Scope of Multilateral System

    Over the course of two years, the Independent Commission on Multilateralism has been analyzing the multilateral system through the lens of fifteen issue areas.

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