Discussions on International Cooperation

Web talk from the Discussions on International Cooperation series entitled: Same same but different? The future of multilateralism

Long-standing cracks in the international system have come to light during the COVID-19 pandemic, raising public awareness that we need functioning multilateral cooperation to solve global problems. Even before the pandemic, the German Federal Government and its allies were strong advocates for multilateralism in light of growing challenges to the global order. Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas launched the ‘Alliance for Multilateralism’ in response. Under the leadership of the Federal Foreign Office (AA), the German Government is also working on a White Paper on multilateralism. Through its strategy for a strong European and multilateral development policy, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has also demonstrated that multilateral cooperation is vital in order to successfully tackle global challenges.

GIZ’s Berlin Representation wants to take a look at prospects for and visions of the future of multilateralism. How do we envisage the multilateral system of the future? Which institutions need to be strengthened or reformed? What new institutions do we need? How can bilateral and multilateral cooperation work in a complementary way? And what objectives is the German Government pursuing with its White Paper on multilateralism?

Niels Annen, Member of the German Bundestag and Minister of State in the Federal Foreign Office, Anja Hajduk, Member of the German Bundestag and Deputy Chair of the BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN Parliamentary group, and Dr Daniela Schwarzer, Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), will be discussing these and other issues. The guest speaker will be Professor Ngaire Woods, founding dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford.

The event will take place on 21 April 2021 from 15:45 to 17:15 via livestream.

The event will be held in German, but our guest speaker will be presenting in English.

Please register using this link (in German).


Please register here (in German).

You will receive the link to the livestream after your registration.

The event will be held in German, but our guest speaker will be presenting in English.

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