On 28th September, the GCSP was delighted to welcome the Honourable Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia, President of the Asia Policy Institute, as Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism to launch the report on the UN 2030: Rebuilding Order in a Fragmented World.
Mr Rudd spoke openly about the significant challenges for the UN, in particular the lack of functional legitimacy leading to the international community ‘walking around the UN system rather than using it’. He was equally clear in his optimism for the future potential of the UN system - to be renewed and sustained by middle power diplomacy, and led by an activist Secretary-General who makes demands, drives consensus and builds bridges amongst great powers.
"Member states no longer see the UN as a top priority."
The report provides the personal views of Kevin Rudd on the world situation and suggestions for how the UN can be adapted to cope with the rapid pace of change. The report reflects the valuable insights he has gained through his consultations and travels as chair of the ICM, as well as his vast international and domestic political experience. It is available to download here.
"We can be more effective."