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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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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  • ICM Policy Paper: Global Pandemics and Global Public HealthRead more

    The global health architecture is increasingly under strain. Pandemics and epidemics are occurring at an unprecedented rate in recent years, and the Ebola crisis in particular revealed serious flaws in the capability of the system to prevent and respond to these crises. As the links between health, development, and security challenges become ever clearer, the multilateral system anchored in the United Nations must address these issues with renewed focus.
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  • 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.
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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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