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ICM Policy Paper: Weapons of Mass DestructionRead more

While the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) may seem antiquated and unlikely to materialize, the mere existence of WMD remains one of the paramount threats to mankind. Nuclear weapons present not only the biggest existential threat, but also the biggest gap in the multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation architecture. In this context, on March 27, 2017, more than 100 countries (...)

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  • ICM Policy Paper: Humanitarian EngagementsRead more

    The preservation of human dignity and the desire to reduce human suffering are at the core of the contemporary international order and underpin all three pillars of the multilateral system anchored in the UN. Yet never before has the world witnessed humanitarian needs on such an epic scale and in so many simultaneous crises around the world. And never before has the gap between those needs and the international community’s capacity to deliver an adequate response appeared greater than it (...)

  • Launch of the ICM Final Report in ViennaRead more

    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 International Peace Institute (IPI).
    The ICM was established to identify threats and challenges to (...)

  • 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, (...)

  • ICM Policy Paper: Women, Peace, and SecurityRead more

    Over the past two decades, an abundance of legal and policy frameworks in the multilateral system have focused on women’s security and empowerment. Women, however, continue to be poorly represented in formal peacemaking activities, and they suffer disproportionately from the indirect effects of conflict. The credibility of the multilateral system itself depends on progress in this area, due to compelling evidence that inclusive societies are more likely to be peaceful and stable.
    On the (...)

  • 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 (...)

"Our aim is to hear your concrete, practical ideas about how the system can be made better,” said ICM Chair Kevin Rudd.

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