Multilateralism and Global Governance in the Wake of the Corona Pandemic.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2020 addressed how the Corona pandemic is affecting the conditions for international cooperation and global governance, and what the long-term consequences of this might be. While most experts agree that the COVID-19 crisis is a game changer in world affairs, they disagree on whether it will strengthen or weaken multilateralism, support or undermine the present international order, or make the world better or less prepared to handle unforeseen global crises in the future.
To address these and other urgent questions related to COVID-19 and international cooperation, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum presented UN Secretary-General António Guterres as the keynote speaker and guest of honour.
Keynote speaker: António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Panelists: David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, 2020 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Director-General of the World Health Organisation; Robert Malley, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group; Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Moderator: Christian Borch, journalist and TV representer
The COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the most dangerous threat to humanity since the Second World War. It is much more than a public health crisis. The economic and social consequences are already severe and predicted to get worse until effective vaccines have been distributed world-wide. In terms of international politics, the crisis appears both to exacerbate increasing popular dissatisfaction with globalization and accelerate growing nationalist-minded frustration with multilateralism and international institutions. According to some experts, the pandemic has been as disruptive as it is because it exploded into a world that was already increasingly disordered. A key question then becomes: Does the Corona crisis provide opportunities for much-needed reform and incentives for increased international cooperation, or will it rather deepen the inertia and malfunctioning of the international system, with increasing world disorder as an unwanted yet likely outcome?
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2020 was made possible with support from the City of Oslo, and was part of Oslo Peace Days, a collaboration between the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Nobel Peace Center, the City of Oslo, the University of Oslo and the Peace Research Institute Oslo.