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New breath for multilateralism in Geneva thanks to President Biden?

Le 10 March, 2021

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New breath for multilateralism in Geneva thanks to President Biden?

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Club suisse de la presse – Geneva Press Club | Notes & Quotes from the debate “Is multilateralism back in Geneva thanks to President Biden?

The election of Joe Biden has brought major changes for Geneva-based international organisations. Is this the beginning of a new era of multilateralism? Or will the national egoisms that have marked international relations in recent years regain the upper hand? What is the real impact on the game of international relations? Debate with leading representatives of the United States, the European Union and Switzerland at the UN in Geneva as well as the director of The Graduate Institute.

International relations have gone through difficult moments and tensions in recent years. Geopolitical interests have often been the priorities of States in different regions of the world. Since the beginning of the year, there is a wind of change in International Geneva. WTO has finally a new director, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the Human Rights Council is on a new track, WHO is stronger in this year of Covid-19 pandemic. All of these changes were implemented thanks to the new US administration. But many questions are still opened: are we really watching a comeback to multilateralism? Can this also be the starting point for stronger UN organizations? Will the President of United States manage to strengthen the global approach? How will nations find new equilibriums for a better international cooperation? Will the place of Geneva still be useful to the world in ten years? 

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Mr. Mark Cassayre

Chargé d'affaires, United States Mission to the UN in Geneva

Mr. Didier Chambovey

Ambassador, Head of the Swiss Mission to the WTO and EFTA in Geneva

Mrs Marie-Laure Salles

Director of IHEID - The Graduate Institute

Mr. Walter Stevens

Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva

Mr. Pierre Ruetschi

Executive Director, Geneva Press Club

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