Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance

Humanity today faces a range of urgent problems, from wars and refugee crises to climate change, cyber insecurity and global economic shocks. No one country can deal effectively with these issues. In an interconnected world, we share responsibility for one another’s security.

However, most global institutions like the United Nations don’t have the capacity to meet these challenges. Solutions must be collaborative, serve multiple interests, and provide not only security but justice, as one is not sustainable without the other.

An Opportunity

In mid-­2015, an unprecedented opportunity arose for Citizens for Global Solutions to participate in a worldwide effort to strengthen the capability of the UN to promote and keep the peace. The Commission on Global Security, Justice, & Governance was formed in order to address global challenges and authored a report called Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, which issued recommendations for reforming and strengthening the United Nations in the following ways:

  • Creating U.N. conflict mediation and peace operations capacity with early-warning capabilities
  • Launching the U.N. Parliamentary Network as an advisory body for the U.N. General Assembly
  • Establishing an International Carbon Monitoring Entity and Global Climate Action Clearinghouse
  • Expanding U.N. Security Council membership to increase its representative legitimacy
  • Establishing a U.N. Peacebuilding Council
  • Strengthening the International Court of Justice
  • Developing a Global Network of Cybercrime Centers
  • Strengthening the Responsibility to Prevent, Protect and Rebuild

75th Anniversary of the U.N.

In addition, the Commission proposes that Civil Society organizations and UN member-nations collaborate to organize a World Conference on Global Institutions in 2020, the 75th Anniversary of the U.N. to provide a target date to enact the urgent global governance reforms necessary for a secure and just future.

UN2020.org is leading the development of a broad-based coalition to ensure that this opportunity for humanity to rescue its future does indeed take place.  CGS has endorsed this effort.

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