Former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, now Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) is in South Africa this week to discuss the commission’s evaluation of the current multilateral system and how it can adapt to address key global challenges. During his visit to South Africa, Mr Rudd will meet with President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the country’s role in the multilateral system as a member of the international community.
The ICM was established in September 2014 to lead expert-level discussions on how multilateral systems can increase impact and purpose in the 21st century. The ICM’s discussions focus on an examination of new global challenges, the evolution of organized violence, the current multilateral architecture, and recommendations for reform. The goal of the commission is to undertake a comprehensive review of multilateral institutions with a view of formulating proposals for change to increase global security and development within and among nations through open, responsive and effective collaboration.
The ICM’s findings will culminate in a comprehensive final report by the end of 2016 with independent recommendations to inform the strategy of the new United Nations (UN) Secretary General, who will be elected this year to succeed Ban Ki-Moon.
President Jacob Zuma and Mr Rudd will assess progress in key areas of transformation including inequality, terrorism, climate change, urbanization, pandemic disease, and migration. South Africa, a key political and economic player on the continent, is expected to add an important voice to the commission’s findings.
Mr Rudd will be available for interviews following a press briefing on Friday, 27 May.
Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Place: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, Alma Road, Sandton, Johannesburg.
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