The Stimson Center hosted a forum on the Independent Commission on Multilateralism’s (ICM) groundbreaking report Pulling Together: The Multilateral System and Its Future with Adam Lupel, Vice-President at the International Peace Institute (IPI). Co-sponsored by Stimson and the International Peace Institute, the forum contributed to a dialogue on the future of multilateral governance and the United Nations system, featuring the findings and recommendations of the ICM.

On September 21, 2016, the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, chaired by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, launched its report in New York. The Commission starts from the premise that multilateralism is a necessity rather than an idealistic ambition. In our global age, crises seldom remain contained within a single country. They cross borders frequently, whether through forced displacement, the spread of conflict, crime, pandemics, and terrorism, or the rippling outward of economic consequences. By necessity, the interconnected and diverse challenges of the twenty-first century require effective, robust, and revitalized multilateral solutions.

What: A discussion on the future of multilateral governance and the United Nations system.

When:  Thursday, February 2, 2017

Where: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20036


  • Adam Lupel
    Ph.D., Vice-President, International Peace Institute (IPI)
  • Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens
    Ph.D., Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation; former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Economic and Social Council
  • Brian Finlay, moderator
    President & CEO, Stimson Center