“We, the peoples”—as the UN Charter preamble calls us—have a profound need for effective and credible mechanisms of international cooperation that will serve the current and future interests of humanity as a whole, and safeguard the planetary systems on which we rely.
While interdependence has created tensions between traditional conceptions of national sovereignty and the idea of collective problem solving, the Global Governance Forum believes that joint, coordinated action, based on carefully defined and legitimate common goals, can restore the rapidly diminishing efficacy of current global governance mechanisms.
Given the reality of globalization and current global risks, it is our belief that the national autonomy of states is best served by strengthening the international rule of law, collective security, and collaborative environmental management.
At the New Shape Forum (NSF), convened by the Global Challenges Foundation in Stockholm on 27-29 May, 2018, Augusto Lopez-Claros, Arthur Dahl and Maja Groff were awarded the New Shape Prize for their proposal “Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century.” The Foundation considered several thousand proposals submitted from 122 countries, from think-tanks, universities, civil society organizations and individuals. The Prize was intended to stimulate original thinking on the development of new global governance mechanisms and institutions, needed to confront a range of emerging global problems which cannot be solved outside of a framework of enhanced international cooperation. This proposal has evolved into a book with the same title, featured elsewhere on this site, and will be the basis around which will evolve in coming years the work program of the Global Governance Forum.
This book’s trenchant analysis of what ails the running of the globe should be read by policymakers everywhere, and certainly by those many citizens who concern themselves with fostering a better and more functional world. Change comes slowly, but this book is a prodding catalyst.
Robert I. Rotberg, Harvard Kennedy School, author of On Governance