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Has the United Nations system sufficiently adapted to the challenges of the 21st century world? If not, how does it need to change? These were the central questions addressed during the launch of the summary report of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM), entitled “Pulling Together: The Multilateral System and its Future," which was held in Vienna on December 14 at the (...)

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  • Launch of ICM Final Report in Geneva Focuses on Health, IHLRead more

    “The UN still matters, but it needs to change,” declared IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen. “The main question is ‘How?’”
    Mr. Rød-Larsen made his remarks at the launch of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) final report at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva on December 12, 2016.
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    The report, the product of a highly consultative process begun in September 2014, aimed at determining whether 70 years after its founding, (...)

  • IPI Launch of Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) Final ReportRead more

    An overflow crowd attended the launch of the ICM final report at IPI on September 21 and heard a prediction from one of the co-chairs of the two-year project that the document would soon become essential reading for those plotting the future of the United Nations.
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    “Regardless of who will be the next Secretary-General,” said Børge Brende, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, “this document is mandatory for that person to read and internalize.”
    Another co-chair, Timor (...)

  • Dialogue on Multilateralism Continues in GenevaRead more

    The Geneva launch of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) took place on November 27th in the Palais de Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva which used to be the seat of the League of Nations.
    Following launches in New York and Vienna, the Geneva meeting enabled the Chair of the ICM, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, to explain the objectives of the ICM to the diplomatic corps in Geneva and representatives of Geneva-based multilateral institutions. The meeting (...)

  • Independent Commission on Multilateralism Launched in ViennaRead more

    The Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) was launched officially in Vienna on November 25th. The event was held at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and opened by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
    It provided an opportunity for ICM Chairman Kevin Rudd to explain the objectives of the initiative to the diplomatic corps in Vienna and representatives of Vienna-based multilateral institutions.
    Established with support from the (...)

  • Kevin Rudd, Former Australian PM, to Chair Independent Commission on MultilateralismRead more

    Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, will chair the newly launched Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM). The Commission will be co-chaired by Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway, and John Baird, Foreign Minister of Canada.
    The Commission will be a comprehensive two year program, with the objective of identifying policy proposals to enhance the multilateral system’s ability to respond to existing and evolving global challenges.
    IPI will serve as the secretariat (...)

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