2020 has been a crucial year and will be remembered in history books for one of the most severe health crises ever and for the social and economic downturn that it triggered all over the world. The pandemic has not only provoked intense suffering among the world population, whose final death toll is far from being defined, but it has exposed and deepened the weaknesses, disfunctions and inequalities of the multilateral world order as we knew it and has made ever more urgent the need to revise and re-launch it. 2020 is also the year in which the United Nation is tackling its own, long- due, reform.
Against this backdrop, and on the eve of the UN General Assembly that will in fact discuss the UN reforms, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, in cooperation with some of its crucial partners, namely the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung New York Office, the Fondation Jean Jaurès, the Fundación Pablo Iglesias, and the Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI), has launched an ambitious project, structured in several successive steps and with the involvement of high-level experts from all over the world, aimed to formulate a wide and comprehensive progressive proposal for a new, fair and inclusive multilateralism.
The outcomes of this project will be presented and discussed in the course of the present International Online Conference, which also represents the third event of the FEPS UNited for… conferences, held since 2018 in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly, to discuss, with international policymakers, experts and academics, the most important international issues at stake. Previous editions have focused on migration and climate justice.