We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 13th of October 2020 at 18.00.
The event will consist of an open and interactive discussion on the EU prospects regarding multilateral governance after the coronavirus pandemic with our distinguished speakers:
- Ms Maria Soraya Rodriguez-Ramos MEP, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament and AFET Committee Member;
- Professor Andrea Renda, Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy (GRID), CEPS;
- Mr Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei USA;
- Mr Henry Llewellyn, Ad interim Chair, Brussels New Generation of young leaders.
Mr Fabio Massimo Castaldo MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament will hold the introductory remarks through a video message.
The event will be hosted by Jennifer Baker, senior journalist on tech policy and digital rights.
About the debate
As highlighted in the international public debate that followed the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the coronavirus pandemic has shaken Europe and the world to its core, testing healthcare and welfare systems, economies, societies and way of living and working together across countries. To respond to the crisis, Europe has come together and put forward the “Next Generation EU” not only to deal with the dire impacts of the heath emergency, but also to prepare the ground to a more sustainable and prosperous future and build the next generation of European leaders that tomorrow needs. Every generation has been defined by some historical events that have spread uncertainty or fear. However, these types of events have also given room for a change in the way citizens from all over the globe perceived the world they are living in and the way in which they made individual and collective decisions. Several authoritative commentators therefore stated that now is a defining moment in history as regards international diplomatic and economic relations, as well as the future of a fully connected, intelligent world.
Both Europe and the whole world are simultaneously confronting a global health crisis and the profound changes from the advancement of digital technologies and climate change. For example, China’s economic stimulus and the New Infrastructure initiative, as Europe’s Next Generation EU, call for spending heavily on projects towards the recovery and the strengthening of the economy for the digital and environmental-friendly age. At a wider global level, the UN Sustainable Development Goals aim at putting people first by helping developing countries in achieving higher standards, enhance action for better education for all, create a sense of community and a shared vision of the future, while countering the idea of “clash of civilizations”. Can countries and blocs all over the world chose separate paths without creating barriers for international relations, cooperation, and global governance that fail to meet the needs of global citizens?
The State of the Union speech of President von der Leyen has laid the foundation stone for Europe to make its own choices, based on its own values, respecting its own rules by showing what is possible to achieve when trust is fostered and cooperation is a crucial element to reach common goals. An increasing need has emerged at both a European and global level to enhance trust and cooperation in diplomatic relations, as well as to define common goods and objectives to shape a better way of living for the world of tomorrow. As regards EU-China relations, the interests in common on issues such as climate change are conveying nations to honour the Paris Agreement, lead by example, and adhere to the rule of law. How can multilateral governance best function in response to external crises, capacity building of partners, and protection of the Union and its citizens?
This is a public event, hence the Chatham House Rule will not apply.
The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #Multilateralism
Please specify, whenever possible, to which speaker you wish to address the question. Questions without this specification will be intended as to be addressed to the panel as a whole.