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DevTalks - Experimental multilateralism



 Thursday 24th June 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 CET - Register here

Join the new online DEV Talks series - Reshaping development

Mario Pezzini, of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Development, and and Ettore Greco, Executive Vice President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and co-coordinator of the T20 Italy 2021, are pleased to invite you to an online discussion on :

Experimental multilateralism


Stefania Giannini,  Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Xu Xiuli, Dean of College of International Development and Global Agriculture and China Institute for South-South Co-operation in Agriculture

Mario Cimoli, Deputy Executive Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - ECLAC

Christoph Benn, Director for Global Health Diplomacy, Joep Lange Institute (TBC)

moderated by Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special-Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development

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While the existing multilateral architecture oversaw a large-scale reduction in global poverty and a sustained period of global economic growth, it has not kept pace with ever-greater global interconnectedness, nor has it been able to mobilise effective international co-operation around challenges such as the climate crisis and deepening inequalities. Instead, competition outweighs co-operation and solidarity between countries and an emerging fragmentation of international institutions risks duplication or even contradiction of policies. Moreover, international institutions are failing to place countries on an equal footing and to listen to new and emerging non-state actors, be they multi-national enterprises, philanthropists or global activists.

The COVID-19 crisis has rendered more urgent the need for new forms of inclusive multilateral governance and practices to strengthen co-operation, collectively address global vulnerabilities and build resilience to future crises. However, a new multilateral system cannot be built in a day. An experimental approach to building a new international architecture can help, learning from concrete experiences around specific objectives that have enhanced coordination and exploited synergies across different institutions and governance mechanisms. This means bringing together the full range of actors involved and hearing about how they coordinate their diverse capacities and efforts. In this DevTalk, we discuss how learning from and experimenting with new multilateral approaches can generate new global governance mechanisms and practices wherein solidarity and sustainable development become the main drivers of international co-operation.



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