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June 2-4, 2011
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Ontario

Multilateralism exists in many forms – with varying global or regional institutional architectures, rules and regulations, reflecting and implementing a set of norms that claim to represent universal values or else more particular values that are said to be somehow “better” than others.  The actors in this complex web include global and regional international/inter-state organizations, national governments operating in informal coalitions or as individual states, private businesses, non-governmental organizations and even individuals acting in their own capacity and with varying resources and degrees of influence. The processes by and through which these actors engage with each other, and in turn help to shape the new contours of these “multiple multilateralisms”, likewise can be varied over time and depending on context. Where the United Nations fits within or relates to these current or newly-emerging forms of multilateralism, what they mean in practice for the role(s) and influence of the UN today and in the future regarding challenges to peace and security, development, climate change and environmental governance, global economic and financial affairs, human rights and other issues will be some of the questions to be explored at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Keynote Address
Suzanne Nossel
Deputy Assistant Secretary,Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Video: Smart Power at the UN

John Holmes Lecture
Bruce W. Jentleson
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Duke University
Video: Multilateralism in a Copernican World

Plenary Titles

Workshop Panel Papers
Work Shop Panels