London conference 2024

The year of elections and a world in conflict.

Special event
20 June 2024 — 8:00AM TO 7:00PM
St Pancras St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London and Online
UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly speaking at the 2023 London Conference.

The international order is fragmenting as states compete for influence and resources. International relations are increasingly transactional and volatile. Conflicts are raging across Sudan, Ukraine and Gaza, and few actors possess the power to pursue pathways of peace.

Multilateral institutions are failing to agree on how to respond to global risks like climate change, supply chain disruption and the rise of new technologies. The Global South accuses the West of double standards over Ukraine and Gaza, and of a lack of commitment to financing the green transition.

Against this uncertainty, more than 50 states are holding elections in 2024. This year will stress-test constitutional and electoral systems, challenge commitments to democracy and, in some cases, provide illiberal leaders with a veneer of legitimacy.

This year is also a unique opportunity for governments around the world to reset their mandates for change – finding new solutions to the climate crisis, migration, or economic transformation.

Chatham House’s London Conference 2024 offers a unique forum to assess:

  • What will elections across the world mean for the international order?
  • Which steps can be taken towards peace and security in the Middle East?
  • What would it take to advance global action on the energy transition?
  • And do the demands of emerging powers offer a chance to reform the UN system and other global institutions?

Plenary sessions are held on the record.

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About the London Conference

The London Conference is our flagship event launched in 2014 where solutions to global challenges are explored, bringing together an internationally diverse and multigenerational gathering of policymakers and representatives from the private sector, academia, NGOs, and civil society.

About Chatham House

Chatham House’s mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. We pursue this through dialogue, analysis and solutions-based ideas, and by empowering the next generation to build a better world.

Who attends?

Agenda

Thursday 20 June (timings subject to change)

Welcome | Bronwen Maddox, CEO, Chatham House

0900–0915

Opening keynote address

0915–1000

Session 1 | Will democracy make the case for itself in 2024?

  • What common electoral trends can be identified, and what do these say about the strength of democratic systems and institutions around the world? 
  • What lessons can be learned from the first half of the year of elections?  
  • How are technological advances like AI affecting election campaigns, and is election interference the new normal? 
  • Where are the examples of best practice in election integrity, transparency, and monitoring?
  • What will it take to ensure the integrity of key polls later in the year, including elections in the United States and United Kingdom?
     
1000–1100

Networking break

1100–1130

Session 2 | A leaderless world? Rethinking international order in 2024

  • Will the unprecedented number of elections taking place in 2024 fundamentally change the global balance of power?
  • How will these changes play out in multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations Security Council?
  • How are new mediators counteracting the influence of major powers and playing a role in diplomatic efforts?
  • Where is the potential for all these powers to come together and collaborate on urgent global issues?
     
1130–1215

Session 3 | The day after: Peace and security in Israel and Palestine

  • What does Israel want? What does Palestine want? 
  • What is needed from regional voices and the international community to achieve a sustainable peace? 
  • What other actors are there and how do they fit in?  
  • How to build consensus for the day after? 
     
1215–1300

Networking lunch

1300–1400

Keynote address

1400–1430

Session 4 | Economic consequences of conflict and elections

  • Will the elections of 2024 see an increase in protectionist economic thinking as countries seek to reduce risk and enhance the resiliency of economies?
  • In an era of increased multipolarity what is the scope for the reform of trade mediation bodies in effectively regulating global trade?
  • Will a desire for securing supply chains against geopolitical tensions come at the expense of attempts to make these interlinkages greener?
  • How should businesses respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by the shifting economic policy landscape?
     
1430–1530

Spotlight sessions

Spotlight sessions will be held concurrently and will be exclusive to in-person participants.

  • Session A | Commission on Universal Health
  • Session B | Energy Security, Critical Minerals, and Net Zero
  • Session C | Can Europe defend itself?
1530–1630

Networking break

1630–1700

Session 7 | States, corporations and machines – democracy in the age of AI

  • Can AI be a help or hindrance to the democratic process? What are the benefits?
  • How might AI policy action change following the year of elections?  
  • How can states and companies counter the issue of bias in AI?
      
     
1700–1745

Keynote address

1745–1815

Session 8 | Multilateralism in the year of elections: Reform or die?

  • What will the year of elections mean for multilateral cooperation?
  • How can the role of multilateral institutions in solving global challenges like war and climate change be revived and empowered after 2024?
  • How should traditional powers and the organisations themselves respond to growing calls to reform or reject multilateral institutions
  • Do emerging institutions and minilateral alliances, from the BRICS and AfCFTA to AUKUS and the Quad, offer new ways of doing things?
     
1815–1900

Drinks reception

1900–2100

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