The Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance (GSJG) on 16 June 2015 released the Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance report at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The report put forwards a series of proposals aimed at reforming the United Nations (UN).
The commission was co-chaired by former US Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine K. Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim A. Gambari.
The report says that the United Nations and other global institutions aren't equipped to tackle today's global challenges ranging from massive violence in fragile states to runaway climate change and global economic shocks. Much more is needed from the UN and other global institutions.
The UN requires more capable tools of global governance, with different kinds of public, private, and mixed institutions designed for twenty-first-century challenges. To address these challenges, the report provides reforms to transcend national borders.
Recommendations of the Commission
Create next-generation conflict mediation and peace operations capacity: The commission calls for building responsive capacity to provide experienced mediators, including a greater proportion of women for crisis and conflict prevention and peace-building; building capacity to deploy civilian, police, and military personnel to meet urgent peacekeeping requirements.
Strengthen the responsibility to prevent, protect, and rebuild: It suggests investing in capabilities and responsibility to protect action plans for an approach to atrocities prevention that involves all UN agencies and programs.
Innovate climate governance: There should be facilitation of new kinds of engagement between the UN and other international regimes, sub-national authorities, and civil society and business groups; establishing an international carbon monitoring entity, a global climate action clearinghouse; and define a global goal for climate adaption.
Develop a green technology licensing facility within the green climate fund: The commission suggests harnessing of private-sector innovation for climate mitigation and adaptation, especially in support of vulnerable populations in developing countries.
Create a G20+ for economic stability and sustainable development: Enhance G20-UN-Bretton Woods institutional coordination to prevent the spread of cross-border financial shocks, promote inclusive economic reform, and foster the equitable growth.
Promote safe Internet access for everyone, everywhere: Bolster global capacity to fend off cyber attacks involves developing a global network of cybercrime centers through INTERPOL and national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).
Build an inclusive UN Global Partnership: Give a greater voice to under-represented policy issues such as women’s rights, migration, and training a modern workforce through new social compacts and a new hub whereby the entire UN system can tap into the expertise of civil and business community.
Expand UN Security Council engagement: Create more opportunities for countries, regional organizations, local authorities to contribute to peacemaking and peace-building, while increasing the council’s representative legitimacy.
Establish UN peace-building council: Transform the peace-building commission into a council with new coordination authorities, new financial and knowledge resources and a new focus on prevention, including through peace-building audits.
Make full use of the International Court of Justice: Expand acceptance of the International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction and more active use of its authoritative advisory opinions in innovative ways.
Create a UN Parliamentary Network: The Commission recommends establishing a parliamentary advisory body for the UN General Assembly to raise greater awareness by strengthening voices in global institutions.
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When: 16 June 2015
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