The 2019 Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations, Emerging Challenges to Multilateralism: A Parliamentary Response, will take place on 21-22 February in New York.
The international community and national governments are contending with global issues such as climate change, migrants and refugees, sustainable development, and nuclear disarmament, amongst others, where no one country can go it alone. Political commitment to international agreements is proving harder to achieve and maintain. Strengthening multilateralism was a recurring theme in many statements made by Heads of State and Government during the General Debate of the UN General Assembly last September.
There is therefore an urgent need to engage parliaments in a discussion on the future of multilateralism to renew trust and confidence in the multilateral system, with the United Nations at its center.
This year’s hearing will review the multilateral system to ensure that all countries can contribute to decisions that affect the entire global community. In this context, the hearing will discuss how national politics and institutions can strengthen the multilateral system in all its aspects.