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Global Governance Spotlight 5|2019

Shaping Multilateralism:
Principles and opportunities for multilateral cooperation in the UN

Gisela Hirschmann and Cornelia Ulbert
November 2019; 4 pages


The dwindling support for multilateral cooperation by major global players is a direct threat to international organisations’ capacity to act. Various initiatives to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 aim to restore this capacity. In Global Governance Spotlight 5|2019, Gisela Hirschmann and Cornelia Ulbert identify a number of options such as the flexible formation of coalitions, including the involvement of non-state actors, institutional reforms for more effective problem-solving and better communication to convince societies of the need for a collaborative approach to global challenges.


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