What’s in the news?
- A UN report titled “A Breakthrough for People and Planet: Effective and Inclusive Global Governance for Today and the Future” says, there has to be a major shift in global governance to better tackle such current and looming challenges as the climate crisis and rising security threats.
- Launched by the UN’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism, the report outlines an ambitious plan to overhaul the global architecture.
- Co-chaired by former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and former Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Lofven, the Advisory Board was appointed by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in 2022, tasked with advising Member States on issues of key global concern where better governance could make a difference.
- The people-centered recommendations aim to strengthen international cooperation and support accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement (on climate change).
- The report provides the framework that the UN, Member States, and others need to strengthen international cooperation for current and future generations.
- The recommendations include strengthening the global architecture for peace, security, and finance, delivering just transitions for climate and digitalization, and ensuring more equity and fairness in global decision-making.
- The report also argues that gender equality needs to be at the heart of a reinvigorated multilateral system along with recommendations to ensure that system becomes more networked, more inclusive, and more effective.
- The report will inform ongoing deliberations leading up to the 2024 Summit of the Future, where Member States will consider ways to lay the foundations for more effective global cooperation.