In recent years, the rules-based system that has governed the global political and economic order since the Second World War has become increasingly fragile. It has been undermined by the contempt that the Trump administration has shown for it, by the rise of more nationalist governments in countries as different as Brazil, the UK, India, Hungary and Turkey, and by tensions between the members of key multilateral blocs like the EU, NATO and BRICS. The result is that the institutions of global governance have become increasing ineffective – as evidenced by, for example, their management of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current state of the WTO.

This webinar explores some of these questions, with a particular focus on unpacking South Africa’s climate change diplomacy options over the next few years. This event was co-hosted by SAIIA, The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and the African Climate Foundation.