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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 (...)

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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, (...)

  • 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.
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  • 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.”
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  • "Pulling Together: The Multilateral System and Its Future"Read more

    Entitled “Pulling Together: The Multilateral System and Its Future,” this is the final report of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM), an ambitious two-year project conducted by IPI. The report identifies how the UN-based multilateral system can be made more “fit for purpose” for twenty-first century challenges. It comes as a new secretary-general prepares to take office and the wider public contemplates how to sustain our fragile global order in the face of the great and (...)

  • 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.

"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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