New York City, 19 to 21 September 2019
On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of the Munich Young Leaders programme and the opening of the 74th United Nations General Assembly the Munich Young Leaders Alumni have gathered in New York City from 19 to 21 September 2019. About 90 Munich Young Leaders Alumni from Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States met to discuss the future of multilateralism and current issues of foreign and security politics.
At the opening of this event, the new publication “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!” was launched at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. Over the past few years, multilateralism has been deemed under attack. Yet, there are numerous instances and areas where multilateral cooperation continues to work successfully. In the publication, a joint project with the Munich Security Conference, the Munich Young Leaders present some of these multilateral best practices.
For three days, the experts from governments, parliaments, think tanks, media and business discussed current foreign affairs and security challenges with senior political experts and policy makers such as former Foreign Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, former President of the United Nations General Assembly, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
In the various sessions, the participants discussed multilateral cooperation against terrorism, in conflict prevention, and city cooperation in the fight against climate change, as well as foreign affairs and security challenges in Asia, the Middle East and the transatlantic relations.
The Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts was the highlight of the cultural programme of this year’s Annual Meeting.
Read and download the complete publication, “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!”
In cooperation with Project Syndicate you can read several articles of the publication also online:
Asia’s Multilateral Balancing Act
With the US disengaging from Asia and China threatening to dominate the region, Myong-Hyun Go, Shafqat Munir and Ambika Vishwanath call for a new Asian multilateralism that will require a much greater economic, political, and social commitment.
An Innovation Agenda for Europe
Manuel Muniz and Marietje Schaake are confident that the European Union has everything it needs to be a global leader in technology and innovation. Its new leadership team should therefore act immediately to create a strong innovation ecosystem and more.
Is Arab Unity Dead?
On Project Syndicate Jasmine M. El-Gamal writes about how the perceived threat posed by Iran, the spread of regional terrorism, and the rise of political Islam have ruptured traditional alliances and created much more fluid patterns of multilateral cooperation.
Africas long tradition in mulitlateralism
Munich Young Leader Ottilia Maunganidze says Africa is often overlooked as an agenda setter in the international system even though it has a long tradition of multilateral cooperation.
China is Committed to Multilateralism
Munich Young Leader Zhou Xizhou argues that China is largely playing by the rules and engaging with the existing multilateral order.
What does Russia think about multilateralism?
Munich Young Leaders Alexander Gabuev and Elena Chernenko provide insights into Russia’s ambivalent approach to multilateralism.