Citizens and the Future of Multilateralism to 2030:

Towards a Polycentric World

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São Paulo, 27, 28 and April 29, 2015

The Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo, in collaboration with the Global Governance Group GG10, will be hosting an international conference on “Citizens and the Future of Multilateralism in 2030 – Towards a Polycentric World” on April 27-29, 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The conference will feature a selection of top scholars and analysts from around the world analysing the impact of an increasingly polycentric and interconnected world on multilateralism and regionalism in the years ahead. The conference will address the tension between multilateralism and bilateralism in the fields of international trade, security and in the fight against global warming. Detailed attention will be given to the analysis of trade and investment and to the response of the international community to security crises such as those taking place in Libya and Syria.

The three-day conference will feature contributions from Mathew Burrows, Hernan Chaimovich, Pedro Dallari, Atila Eralp, Gelson Fonseca, Feliciano Guimarães, Bassma Kodmani, Radha Kumar, Carlos Lopes, Jacques Marcovitch, Rafalle Merchetti, Reginaldo Nasser, Leandro Piquet, Renato Janine Ribeiro, Rubens Ricupero, Maria João Rodrigues, Gerald Stang, Vera Thorstensen, Alvaro Vasconcelos, Feng Zhongping, and many more.

Conference sections:

  • The Polycentric World: Between Multilateralism and Fragmentation
  • Indicators for the Future I: Polycentrism, International Trade and Development
  • Indicators for the Future II: Polycentrism and International Security
  • Indicators for the Future III: Polycentrism and Climate Change
  • Indicators for the Future IV: Participation Requirements for Governance Challenges
  • Indicators for the Future V: Diffusion of Power to Cities and Urban Challanges
  • New Players for New Global Governance: New Forms of Multilateralism
  • Concluding Debate: Elements of the International Order in 2030

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 The Challenges of Inclusive Multilateralism


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This report from the Global Governance Group 10 analyses a world in transition from unipolarity to polycentrism with a greater multiplicity of actors, from states to civil society organisations, private actors, networks, and regional cooperation groups, playing an important role in shaping the future of citizens around the world. A global middle class is demanding a more effective multilateral system to deal with a number of perceived global challenges but in a polycentric world there are both opportunities for greater effectiveness and a danger of fragmentation. The objective of this GG10 report is to start a process of monitoring the adaptation of international institutions to the new realities of power. To do so, the report looks at how global governance institutions are responding to global challenges, in particular those of political participation and of development with dignity in a context of climate change and scarcity. The report places the citizens and their aspirations at the heart of the analysis and it is with this perspective that we monitor the challenges of security with emphasis on the application of the principle of responsibility to protect.

The major ambition of this Report is to contribute to a more effective and inclusive multilateral system, and this ambition is reflected in the composition of the group…Download full report (PDF)



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    GG10 Members

    mb_smallMathew Burrows
    Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

    wbw_smallWilliam Burke-White
    Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School

    ae_smallAtila Eralp
    Director, International Policy Reseach Institute at Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey

    gf_smallGelson Fonseca
    Former Brazilian Ambassador to the United Nations

    rk_smallRadha Kumar
    Director General, Delhi Policy Group


    Marina V. Larionova
    Head of International Organizations Research Institute, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

    cl_smallCarlos Lopes
    Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

    lp_smallLuis Peral
    Senior Analyst - Global and Strategic Affairs, Club de Madrid

    mag_smallMarco Aurelio Garcia
    Foreign Policy Advisor to the Brazilian President

    sp_smallStewart Patrick
    Director of International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council of Foreign Relations

    mjr_smallMaria João Rodrigues
    Member of European Parliament

    Gerald Stang Photo

    Gerald Stang
    Senior Associate Analyst, EU Institute of Security Studies 



    Mario Telò
    Vice President, Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles

    advÁlvaro de Vasconcelos
    Coordinator, GG10 Steering Committee, former Director, EU Institute for Security Studies

    mwvMakarim Wibisono
    UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories

    Economic analyst 
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    zl_smallZhu Liqun
    Vice President, China Foreign Affairs University


    Feng Zhongping

    Feng Zhongping
    Assistant President, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations