ICM hosted its second retreat on March 13-14 with experts and participants representing governments and civil society organizations to examine the nexus between governance structures and the state, state-society relations, and the role of regional organizations in the multilateral system. The increase in non-state actors in today’s political area has challenged traditional understandings of power and legitimacy, straining state-society relations as government institutions grapple with adequately responding to the needs of its citizens. Participants of the retreat explored ways in which the multilateral system can effectively engage with non-state actors and help support more resilient states. The debate also addressed how to better leverage the linkages between regional and multilateral institutions to enhance decision-making at the national, regional, and global levels.
Discussions were held under the Chatham House Rule of non-attribution and were moderated by ICM Chair Kevin Rudd, ICM Secretary-General Hardeep Singh Puri, and IPI Senior Adviser Youssef Mahmoud. His Excellency Maged Abdelaziz, UN Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on Africa, gave the keynote address.