Event

Strengthening Multilateralism – Challenges and Strategies

Opening of the KAS Multilateral Dialogue office in Geneva

For decades, the rules-based international order has provided a strong basis for prosperity and global conflict resolution. It also helped to shape widely accepted norms and increased living standards across economies, countries and peoples. While the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement continue the trend towards a joint global agenda, unilateral action, protectionism and populistic movements undermining the political consensus on global burden sharing are on the rise. It was thus very timely for Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel to stress at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the spirit of multilateralism which rebuilt Europe and formed the international institutions in the aftermath of the Second World War is under serious threat. Germany is deeply rooted in the rules-based international order and has an interest in fostering multilateralism and strengthening multilateral institutions. Moreover, challenges in an interconnected world have grown more complex and demand new approaches on sustaining peace and stability, sustainable development and economic growth. The imperative of the universal protection of human rights puts another important layer of responsibility on the international community. In this context, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) will organize a discussion event on “Strengthening Multilateralism – Challenges and Strategies” to foster the exchange on the global agenda between representatives from multilateral institutions, civil society and think tanks in order to develop new avenues of cooperation and strategies for common action. The keynote speech will be held by Hermann Gröhe, Deputy Chairman of CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group, Deputy Chairman of KAS, and former Federal Minister. The event will also celebrate the opening of the KAS Multilateral Dialogue office in Geneva and mark the beginning of KAS activities at the center of multilateral diplomacy and global policy.

Details

KAS Multilateral Dialogue Office Geneva,

Avenue de France 23

1202 Geneva

Program Agenda

12.00 Light lunch

12.30 Opening

Dr. Peter Fischer-Bollin, Deputy Head of European and International Cooperation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Introductory remarks

Ambassador Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Office of the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

12.45 Keynote speech

Hermann Gröhe, Deputy Chairman of CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group, Deputy Chairman of KAS, former Federal Minister

Remarks

Dr. Karl Brauner, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization

Followed by an open discussion

Moderated by Dr. Olaf Wientzek, KAS Multilateral Dialogue office Geneva

14.00 End of event

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Venue

KAS Multilateral Dialogue Office Geneva, Avenue de France 23, 1202 Geneva

Contact

Olaf Wientzek

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Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva

olaf.wientzek@kas.de +41 22 748 70 70
Contact

Sabina Wölkner

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Head of the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue

sabina.woelkner@kas.de +32 2 66931-77 +32 2 66931-62