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

Barbara Gibson is ICM’s Acting 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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What’s new

  • Discussion Paper on Justice, Human Rights, and the International Legal SystemRead more

    Despite the development of a variety of mechanisms to assist states in meeting their human rights obligations under international law, significant challenges in terms of implementation and compliance remain. This paper explores these challenges and offers recommendations to strengthen the multilateral system’s capacity to promote and ensure respect for human rights and foster accountability and justice for violations.

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

    Weapons of mass destruction (WMD), particularly nuclear weapons, remain one of the greatest threats to mankind, yet the multilateral nonproliferation and disarmament machinery has stalled. This paper explores key challenges and developments in the field of nonproliferation and disarmament of WMD and offers recommendations for revitalizing the multilateral machinery.

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Final Reports

  • Final Summary Report Coming Fall 2016

    We are in the process of looking at the findings of our 18 retreats and 12 public consultations and distilling them into a final summary report along with these fifteen issue area papers.

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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