WLA-CdM dialogue: Global leaders, including Ban Ki-moon & Hillary Clinton, to discuss new age multilateralism

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World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid is set to host its annual dialogue with an agenda to discuss ways to reinvigorate the multilateral system amid new age challenges.

File photo of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Source: AP)

The Covid-19 pandemic, digitisation and climate change have created a complex world where citizens mistrust national and international institutions and political leaders worldwide are looking inwards to solve transnational problems. This mistrust and lack of collective effort has resulted in a lack of global cooperation and has put a strain on multilaterism.

To reinvigorate this global cooperation framework amid contemporary challenges, World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid Members (WLA-CdM) is set to host its annual policy dialogue on ‘Multilateralism that Delivers’.

The policy dialogue, to be held online from October 28-30, will be aimed at producing a “Call to Action” with recommendations to achieve more effective and efficient global cooperation to address pressing challenges.

The dialogue will be attended by World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid Members, representatives from governments and international organisations, scholars and civil society leaders.

Some of the noted speakers include: Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The closing speech will be delivered by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The policy dialogue is co-organised with the Bertelsmann Stiftung and in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Once the dialogue concludes, WLA-CdM, Bertelsmann Stiftung and other partners aim to use the specific policy recommendations to be included in the Call to Action, to advocate for an enhanced multilateral system, a more effective institutional setting and more global cooperation for years to come. These will particularly feed UN75 process, UN2020, German EU Presidency as well as other important conversations being held on the topic.

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