Joint Namibia and Amani Africa high-level panel of experts on Africa and the reform of the multilateral system

The multilateral system as instituted on the basis of the post World War II and post-Cold power dynamics is under enormous strain. There is growing recognition that the system is in urgent need of systemic reform. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is putting forward various policy briefs covering various areas of the multilateral system to help guide the debate on the reform of multilateralism.

Africa, as one of the parts of the world most affected by the growing flaws of the multilateral system, is hugely invested in taking active part and even charge the quest for a reform that secures the security and socio-economic interests of the peoples the continent. While the current moment presents for Africa the opportunity to change its status from being a recipient of multilateral rules to that of co-creator of such rules, the opportunity can only be seized through deliberate, collective and proactive action.

Namibia, Windhoek

17 - 18 July 2023

Meeting of the joint Namibia and Amani Africa high-level panel of experts on Africa and the reform of the multilateral system

Seeking to catalyze such deliberate, collective and proactive action by and from Africa, the Government of Namibia, through the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, and Amani Africa convened the joint High-Level Panel of Experts on Africa and the Reform of the Multilateral System on 17 – 18 July 2023 in Windhoek, Namibia. This historic gathering brought together highly seasoned experts, practitioners, and scholars with extensive expertise in multilateral diplomacy and international relations in the economic and political realms. The members of the panel also represent all five regions of the African continent and embody both gender and generational balance.

Mandela Hall at the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, New York

26 September 2023

Africa and the transformation of the Multilateral System – Side Event at UNGA 78

The world is facing a number of challenges, including war, poverty, climate change, and inequality. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General has warned that the world is approaching a point of instability. This is due to a number of factors, including impunity for mass killings, jihadist insurgencies, meddling outside powers, and a deadlocked UN Security Council. The multilateral system, which is supposed to help us solve these problems, is not working as effectively it should. Therefore, it is necessary that Member States examine ways to reform the system to work for all. Multilateralism has been under sustained assault from threats of violence, populist nationalism and protectionism, and the failure of the international system to uphold the minimum levels of collective action in the face of unprecedented global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis.

Trademark Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Dec 14 - 15 2023

Africa and the reform of the multilateral system: Making Africa’s voice count in the process towards the transformation of the multilateral system

Amani Africa convenes the joint Namibia-Amani Africa High-Level Panel of Experts on Africa and the Reform of the Multilateral System in Nairobi, Kenya on 14-15 December. This Panel, following the launch of the joint initiative in February 2023 on the side-lines of the 36th AU Summit, held its inaugural meeting in July 2023. It serves as a platform to harness the rich expertise and insights of seasoned diplomats, scholars and policy makers for facilitating and informing the engagement of African states in the various policy discussions and negotiations for making the multilateral system fit for purposes

Haile Grand Hotel, Addis Ababa

Mar 18 - 19 2024

Final Convening of the Joint Namibia-Amani Africa High-Level Panel on Africa and the Reform of the Multilateral System