The world has changed dramatically since the last Quarterly Report was released in November 2016. In the three months since the US elections, we’ve seen an urgent and impassioned global conversation about the future of multilateral cooperation. Many have questioned whether this marks the end of the ‘liberal world order’.
Against this backdrop, the Global Challenges Foundation’s New Shape Prize is seeking ideas for new frameworks of cooperation capable of uniting the world to tackle today’s greatest global threats. In the course of publicizing the prize, we’ve so far had the privilege of discussing its call to action with expert audiences in Sweden, Jordan, the United Kingdom, India, China, Colombia and Brazil.
Time and again, our conversations have coalesced around many of the same key questions. How will it be possible to re-shape global cooperation quickly enough in order to deal with climate change, nuclear weapons and the other grave threats we face today? How could the current system be reformed to better address these threats? What are the implications of the Trump administration for efforts to enhance global cooperation? Building on these conversations and others, this report brings together perspectives from academia, politics, law and social psychology.
We also examine the history of global cooperation in the belief that it can help inform a new kind of stewardship for our planet and its people. Throughout history, new forms of cooperation have been born out of the ashes of great upheavals. We need to use the lessons learned from the failings in the current system to inform innovative new ways to safeguard the future. We cannot afford to wait for the next catastrophe to strike.