Europe Listens: Saving multilateralism with Arancha González Laya and Richard Gowan 

In September 2024, the United Nation’s Summit of the Future is set to take place – a crucial moment to mend “eroded trust” between peoples, countries, and generations. Europe’s role on the world stage is constantly adapting to the fluidity of the global geopolitical space. Traditional views of multilateralism are being rethought, and Europe is exploring its role in fostering meaningful international cooperation on many global issues.  

In this final episode of Europe Listens, ECFR’s Rafael Loss and Jana Puglierin welcome Richard Gowan, UN director at the International Crisis Group and Arancha González Laya, former Spanish foreign minister and current dean of the Science Po Paris School of International Affairs. They revisit previous discussions of the Europe Listens series and, looking ahead, ask how the European Union can continue playing a meaningful role on the global stage. 

This podcast was recorded on 19 March 2024. 

Other episodes of this show: 

Europe Listens – seasons 1-3 

Further reading: 

Pact for the Future: Zero draft by Germany and Namibia as co-facilitators of the UN Summit of the Future 

Multilateral values: European ideals under pressure by Richard Gowan 

How the World Lost Faith in the UN by Richard Gowan 

Trump-proofing Europe: How the continent can prepare for American abandonment by Arancha González Laya et al. 

Multilateral Matchmaker by Carla Hobbs, Rafael Loss, Jana Puglierin, and Pawel Zerka 

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