Gordon Brown on the need for a new multilateralism

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THE YEAR 1945 saw the end of a war, the start of the atomic age and, arguably, the birth of multilateralism. A weapon that was so devastating forced world leaders—and an anxious public—to realise that countries must co-operate or perish. Today, we live not just in the shadow of nuclear arms but in the intensity of climate change and a pandemic, reminders of the fragility of our existence. If multilateralism did not exist, we would need to invent it. But just when we need more multilateralism we have less. As the world faces vast challenges, we need to reconstruct the nature of international co-operation so that it is effective and responds on the timescale that is required.

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