Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century

: Augusto Lopez-Claros , Maja Groff, Arthur Dahl

The submission proposes a revised UN Charter, instituting a reformed UNGA directly elected by popular vote and a second civil society-focused chamber. The representatives of the latter would serve as advocates of particular issues of global concern, and the UNGA would see its powers and jurisdiction gradually expanded over time. An Executive Council of 24 members, selected by the UNGA, would take the place of the UNSC. The Executive Council would provide general oversight and ensure good governance, transparency, efficiency and coherence of an effective, new UN system. The UN will have a standing armed force, with the rule of international law forming the centerpiece of the new governance system; peaceful settlements through the ICJ or other mechanisms will be mandatory for international disputes. A new Bill of Rights is to prescribe the parameters for UN action, and the global human rights acquis will be upheld systematically by an International Human Rights Tribunal. A new funding mechanism would link members’ indirect tax revenues to the UN budget in a fixed proportion. 

Augusto Lopez-Claros

Augusto Lopez-Claros is Senior Fellow in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and former Director (2011-2017) of the Global Indicators Group in the World Bank. Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He was educated in England and the United States, receiving a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He is a much-sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the last several years at some of the world’s leading universities and think tanks.

Maja Groff

Maja Groff is an international lawyer based in The Hague, assisting in the development, negotiation and servicing of international multilateral treaties. A graduate of Harvard, Oxford and McGill Universities, she is an attorney admitted to practice in the state of New York, and a member of the Advisory Boards of organisations devoted to ethical business.

Arthur Dahl

Arthur L. Dahl is a scientist, retired senior official with UN Environment, and current President of the International Environment Forum, with 50 years' intergovernmental experience in regional and global environmental management and governance at the science-policy interface, including the Stockholm, Rio, Johannesburg and Rio+20 conferences and the Paris Climate Conference.

Timo Yla-Soininmaki   Jun 22, 2018

Hi, you have come up with many good ideas, but regardless of the plan for reforming the UN, the main obstacle remains; How we can force the UN to reform itself? My idea for this problem is to use celebrities and other famous and influential people, (movie and sport stars, musicians, artist, writers, scientists, leaders, politicians, professors, peace activist and other influential and famous people) to start a social media campaign to force governments around the world to support a total reforming of the UN. We all can remember Liveaid, Farmaid, 911 support evet and many other similar events around the world where celebrities have been able to create a strong and influential movement. What if celebrities around the world would together create a movement to reform the UN? All they would have to do is to energize the mainstream media and their fanbase to support this the reform of the UN. Please read the PDF about this plan. I welcome any feedback and ideas to make it better. I am willing to support and help any idea to make the UN stronger. Thank You, Timo Ylä.Soininmäki