In the room: the UK’s role in multilateral diplomacy Contents



1 Introduction

Background to the inquiry

Our inquiry

2 State based threats facing multilateral organisations

Obstruction in multilateral organisations

Misuse and rule breaking

Areas of tactical influence

Threats of capture through funding

The UK’s engagement with multilateral organisations

The UK’s approaches to funding multilateral organisations

3 Strengthening multilateral organisations—How the FCDO can lead the way

Multilaterals: use them or lose them

A coordinated approach to strengthening multilateral organisations

Coalitions of like-minded states

4 Organisation-specific conclusions and recommendations

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

The United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC)

The World Health Organisation (WHO)

The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL)

The World Trade Organisation (WTO)

The International Criminal Court (ICC)

The External Audit System of the United Nations

5 Conclusion

Annex 1: Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Annex 2: The Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Annex 3: The World Health Organisation (WHO)

Annex 4: International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL)

Collaborative working to address the issue of attempted misuse

Annex 5: The World Trade Organisation


Annex 6: International Criminal Court


Annex 7: Other means of capture and areas of concern

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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