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Global governance

The High-level Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN brought together 111 Heads of State and Government and 14 Ministers, who spoke in support of multilateralism and global solidarity, among other themes. Participants adopted a Declaration that recognizes multilateralism as a necessity for a more equal,...
The Spotlight Report 2020 unpacks the COVID-19 emergency, and calls for a radical redistribution of economic power and resources; bold regulation of global finance; and multilateral solidarity for the common good. "Multiple crises can only be overcome if the massive power asymmetries within and between societies can...
The 75th UNGA is a moment for the world to focus on realising the full potential of the United Nations' founding principle of "achieving international cooperation in solving international problems," writes José Luis Castro for Devex. The once-celebratory undertone of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary General...
A new briefing summarises the actual or likely impacts of the global coronavirus crisis on each of the 17 Sustainable Development goals. By Jens Martens, Bodo Ellmers and Vera Pokorny for Global Policy Watch. The COVID-19 pandemic and the policies with which governments have responded to it have had a serious impact...
The UN’s 75th anniversary this year is a chance for taking stock, strengthening the UN and confronting the challenges the system will face in the years ahead, writes Giovanna Kuele for PassBlue. As consensus was finally achieved on July 7, a final draft of the UN-75 political declaration has been approved and is...
Despite decades of protests against them, the IMF and World Bank continue to force the same discredited policies on poor governments and their people, writes Lara Merling for Jacobin. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank played a central role in shaping our current model of globalization, imposing...
Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres at a virtual high-level meeting on financing for development. Painting a picture of 60 million pushed into extreme poverty; famine...
There is a danger that Covid-19 will significantly increase the gap between rich and poor nations. It's time to put in place an ambitious plan to overcome this crisis and save more than 30 million lives, writes Portia Antonia Alexis for Byline Times. There has been very little international response to COVID-19,...
With a “UN 911” first responder for complex emergencies, the UN would finally have a rapid, reliable capacity to help save millions of lives and trillions of dollars, writes H. Peter Langille for Foreign Policy in Focus. The global health crisis has become a wake-up call to cooperate for a more just and secure world...
Over 100 former global leaders call for the mandatory worldwide sharing of a Covid19 vaccine - available to all people, in all countries, free of charge. Humanity today, in all its fragility, is searching for an effective and safe vaccine against COVID-19. It is our best hope of putting a stop to this painful global...
Former UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Professor Alfred de Zayas, urges civil society to demand a new social contract based on human dignity, social justice and sustainability.  He calls on governments to significantly reduce military expenditures and give...
"This is the time to insist on multilateralism, solidarity, and science based health policy making at global and national level. This is the time to rally behind WHO." The unprecedented outbreak of the new coronavirus once again places the WHO at the centre of global public action for health.  Independent global...
Now is the time for citizens to ensure that world leaders forcefully respond to the COVID-19 crisis in accordance with human rights, write Isabel Ortiz and Walden Bello. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an unprecedented human and economic crisis. Governments are taking strong actions, enforcing...
The Earth Charter recognises that achieving social and economic justice will require both ensuring ecological integrity, as well as the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly etcetera. It is a covenant that defines an overarching way of life and answers the question of how to construct our...
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations issued '30 articles on the 30 articles' that summarise this historic document. Below we republish the introduction and backgrounders about all the economic, social and cultural rights (including Article 25 on the right to an...