Report on the Panel Discussion on:
“The idea of an increasingly Multipolar World and the Role of Emerging Powers”
A panel discussion on “The idea of an increasingly Multipolar World and the Role of Emerging Powers” was held on 14th December 2012 at the Academy for Civic Education in Tutzing, Germany. The panel discussion was organized by the Isar Model United Nations Secretariat, subsection of MUNAM e.V. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Weber, Secretary-General of the Isar Model United Nations.
The panellists at the meeting included: His Excellency Mr. Antonio Carlos Coelho da Rocha, Consul-General of Brazil in Munich, Germany; Dr. Emilio Astuto, Coordinator of the Brazilian Bar Association acting on International Relations for the German Year in Brazil at the Federal Council.
Mr. Droemann, Deputy Secretary-General of the Isar Model United Nations, welcomed the participants and introduced the panellists. He briefly mentioned that Mr. Coelho da Rocha had been active for the Brazilian Government since more than 45 years, gathering experience on 5 continents. Additionally he gave a short resume of Dr. Astuto’s vita, referring to lecture experiences on several universities.
Subsequently Mr. Weber initiated the discussion with questions on how Brazil’s role in the world changed over the last years, Brazil’s efforts to reform the United Nations Security Council along with India, Japan and Germany and, lastly, on Brazil’s position as a soft or hard power. Both Mr. Coelho da Rocha and Dr. Astuto replied that the importance of Brazil had increased over the last years due to higher macroeconomic stability and economic growth, addressing its belonging to the BRICS States. Furthermore they stated that, in their view, the Security Council does not reflect the reality of the actual world and that the inclusion of soft powers such as Brazil, Japan or Germany would contribute to a more just representation of the world. In reply to the last question both noted that, from their perspective, historically Brazil pursued a soft power foreign policy, rather building bridges with other countries than using its military power.
Finally, the discussion was concluded with questions from the audience.