The crisis of multilateralism is an opportunity

Increasingly destructive natural disasters, geopolitical shifts, and glaring inequalities have forced the international community to acknowledge that existing frameworks for addressing global issues collectively are in need of an overhaul. In fact, this may be the world's last chance to get serious about sustainable development.

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The Sustainable Development Goals projected on the United Nations headquarters in New York. Image: UN Photos, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

When Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar last month, it left almost one thousand people dead, and hundreds of thousands more homeless, hungry, and threatened by disease.

According to one estimate, more than $1 billion worth of infrastructure could have been lost.

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