How LAC region could shape multilateral system in the next two years

June 12, 2024

On June 6, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung New York & Cepei Think Tank launched their latest policy brief on the opportunities for the Latin America and Caribbean region to shape multilateralism in the next two years (2024-2025). 

To better understand Latin America and the Caribbean challenges and opportunities to engage in global negotiations successfully, it needs to understand how its countries engage with the UN and other geographical blocks. The regionʼs influence in the global debates is tied to its ability to impact the UN negotiations. The 33 countries in the region represent 17% of the overall number of UN voting member states. Even though it has a significant number of votes, the region does not have a single country with veto power at the UN Security Council, and they need to compromise with other geographical blocks to secure followership and bring the regionʼs interests to the negotiating table. 

Opportunities from the region 

Currently, the region faces a lack of multilateral leadership or at least does not live up to its potential. However, it stands at the epicenter of global debates; it has a rare and concrete opportunity to further its interests by shaping the G-20, the outcome of the Summit of the Future, the COPs on Climate and Biodiversity, the Fourth Conference on Financing for Development, and as outgoing president, to a lesser extent, the ECOSOC agenda.

Countries like Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Mexico must demonstrate pragmatic, proactive, and robust leadership. They hold key positions at the negotiating table and should, therefore, assume a central role in shaping global climate action and governance reform.

The expert discussion on June 6 brought together representatives of Member States, the UN system, and civil society to discuss strategies and options for unlocking the LAC region’s full potential as a proactive and influential force in shaping the future of multilateralism.

The region could cultivate partnerships worldwide during the following months to obtain tangible advantages rather than alliances. The countries should concentrate on like-minded issues with common positions to advance actionable demands shared by African, Asian, and European countries.

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