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Towards a Post-Neoliberal World Order: Rebuilding Human Rights-Based Multilateralism

Date: 8 Dec 2017

  • Time: 1.00-3.00 PM
  • Location: Room XIX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Project Title: UNRISD Seminar Series

Towards a Post-Neoliberal World Order: Rebuilding Human Rights-Based Multilateralism
Our modern world is globalized and digitally connected, but we are increasingly divided. Despite economic growth in the Global South, UNRISD research shows that improvements in well-being have been unevenly distributed and social development patchy, meaning that many still live in extreme poverty and face the threat of conflict, violence and disease. For these people, the enjoyment of basic human rights and dignity remains a distant reality.

New challenges loom near on the horizon. Climate change and environmental degradation threaten the security and well-being of all people on the planet, with those who have least set to suffer the most. New technologies are likely to turn the world of work – and how we trade – on its head. Inequality has grown in most countries of the world, entrenching a new era of haves and have-nots.
At a time when countries should be uniting in solidarity to tackle these challenges, many appear be retreating from greater cooperation. The politics of selfishness and protectionism is rising, sowing division between and within nations and communities, and giving rise to increasingly flagrant breaches of human rights.

In advance of Human Rights Day on Sunday 10 December, a visionary and high-profile group of speakers will ask whether the time has come to embrace a new era of multilateralism, one founded on solidarity and the respect of human rights for all. Can this be the rallying call for better global governance that is coherent, effective and ensures that no one is left behind? The speakers will offer their vision on how we get there, and what governments, people, businesses, trade unions, academics and activists can all contribute.

This event is one of the first to kick-off the year-long 70th Anniversary celebrations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed on 10 December 1948. #standup4humanrights


Mr. Jeremy Corbyn MP, United Kingdom

Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director ITC
Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director UNITAR

Moderator: Mr. Paul Ladd, Director UNRISD

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and French.


Full media access with TV cameras. Press/Media representatives without regular UN accreditation are requested to upload their letter of assignment, ID document and press card in the registration form. The event will be recorded by UNRISD.

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