As an initiative of the Global Governance and Innovation Network, together with the Stimson Center, Academic Council on the UN System, Plataforma CIPÓ, Leiden University,Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, the Institute for Economics & Peace, and Club de Madrid we proudly attend the Global Policy Dialogue on Global Governance Innovation: Beyond UN75 & Our Common Agenda, from 1-2 March 2022 at the Stimson Center and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Global Policy Dialogue
More information and details is provided at the event page.

Background

UN Secretary-General António Guterres was tasked with utilizing the UN75 Declaration’s 12 commitments as an impetus “to respond to current and future challenges.” His follow-on Our Common Agenda report, released in September 2021, presented world leaders with some 90 recommendations to strengthen and renew the UN. Together, these far-reaching ideas—and the analysis underpinning them—create the basis for what may be viewed as the Secretary-General’s most consequential proposal: a Summit of the Future, timed to coincide with the General Assembly’s high-level week in September 2023.

 

Preceded by preparatory events and consultations, the summit would work to “advance ideas for governance arrangements in the areas of international concern mentioned in this report, and potentially others.” On 15 November 2021, with 166 co-sponsors, the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution on Follow-up to the report of the Secretary-General entitled “Our Common Agenda.” Among its recommendations was to call upon the

 

“President of the General Assembly to initiate, under his overall guidance, a process of follow-up to enable all Member States to begin inclusive intergovernmental consideration of the various proposals, options and potential means of implementation and on ways to take them forward, in collaboration with all relevant partners through broad and inclusive consultations.”

 

To advance this action program with the goal of strengthening and innovating the United Nations and related global institutions, the Global Policy Dialogue (GPD) on Global Governance Innovation: Beyond UN75 & Our Common Agenda will bring together, from 1-2 March 2022 in Washington, D.C., around 75 diverse stakeholders from around the world.

Representing GCF

Agenda

Day I: 1 March at the Stimson Center

  • 09:00 — Opening Session“Our Common Agenda & the Road to 2023

    Lead-off remarks:

    • H.E. Amb. (Prof.) Tijjani Muhammad-Bande Permanent  Representative of Nigeria to the UN
    • H.E. Danilo TürkPresident of the Club de Madrid and Former President of Slovenia (2007-2012) Ambassador of Slovenia to the United Nations, UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs
    • H.E. Amb. Alya Al-Thani Permanent Representative of  the State of Qatar to the UN
    • H.E. Amb. Magnus Lennartsson Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN
    • H.E. Amb. Cho Hyun Permanent Representative of the Republic of  Korea to the UN
    • H.E. Amb. Agustin Santos Maraver Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN

    Moderator: 

    • Dr. Richard Ponzio Director, Global Governance, Justice & Security Program, Stimson Center 

  • 10:45 — Breakthrough Groups Session 1:

    Building consensus around a shared understanding of a particular global problem-set

    Four groups: Climate Action and Governing the Environment and Global Commons,  Conflict Prevention and Management, COVID-19 Response and Human Rights Promotion: Forging a New Social Contract, and Collaborative Economy and Promoting  Global Public Goods.

  • 12:45 — Special Luncheon Discussion on furthering recommendations across thematic areas of the High-Level Advisory Board on Global Public Goods

    Speakers:

    • Dr. David PassarelliExecutive Director, Centre for Policy Research, UN University
    • Dr. Adam Day Director of Programmes, Centre for Policy Research, UN University and Co-Lead in supporting the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Global Public Goods

    Lead Discussants:

    • Nandini Harihar Research Analyst, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water
    • Anja Olin-PapeHead of UN Strategy at the Global Challenges Foundation
    • Nudhara YusufGlobal Governance Innovation Network Facilitator and Coalition for the UN We Need Global Youth Coordinator

    Moderator: 

    • Jens Orback Executive-Director, Global Challenges Foundation

  • 14:00 — Breakthrough Groups Session 2:

    Analyzing and critiquing the status-quo: Strengths and weaknesses of current global governance responses to a particular global problem-set

    Four groups: Climate Action and Governing the Environment and Global Commons, Conflict Prevention and Management, COVID-19 Response and Human Rights Promotion: Forging a New Social Contract, and Collaborative Economy and Promoting Global Public Goods.

  • 15:50 — Introduction on a Systems Approach to Global Governance & Peacebuilding

    Speaker: 

    • Steve Killelea Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute of Economics & Peace and founder of the technology company Integrated Research Ltd

    Moderator:

    • Michael Collins Executive Director Americas, Institute for Economics  and Peace

  • 16:10 — Plenary Session 1:

    This session will feature 3-4 minutes overviews per breakthrough group on the shared understanding and analysis/critique of the status-quo global governance response to a particular global problem-set; after a group’s members have added any additional points, we will welcome 15-20 min. discussion with the full plenary, before proceeding to the next breakthrough group.

     

    Co-Moderators: 

    • Dr.  Adriana Abdenur Executive-Director and Co-Founder, Plataforma CIPO
    • Noemi Becerra 
      Senior Program Officer, Club de Madrid 
    • Michael Collins 
      Executive Director Americas, Institute for Economics and Peace

  • 19:30 — Moderated dialogue on“Beyond UN75 & Our Common Agenda


    This concluding session will consist of a 25-30 minutes moderated dialogue, followed by 30-35 mins  Q&A and discussion with the audience.

     

    Speakers:

    • H.E. Mary Robinson Chair of The Elders; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    • H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly
    • H.E. Laura Chinchilla Vice-President of the Club de Madrid and President of Costa Rica (2010-2014)
    • H.E. Chido Mpemba African Union Youth Envoy
    • H.E Amb. Jeffrey Prescott Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 

    Moderators: 

    • Lise Grande President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
    • Brian Finlay 
      President and CEO, Stimson Center 

Day II: 2 March at Georgetown University

  • 09:00 — Special Keynote on Taking Forward the UN75 Vision and Commitments

    Speaker: 

    • H.E. Abdulla Shahid President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly (video)

    Panelist (Q&A and discussion): 

    • Alexandre StutzmannSpecial Adviser to the President of the UN General Assembly

    Reflections by: 

    • H.E. Amb. Cho Hyun Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN
    • H.E. Amb. Agustin Santos Maraver 
      Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN

    Moderator: 

    • Henry Alt-Haaker Senior Vice-President, Robert Bosch Stiftung

  • 10:15 — Breakthrough Groups Session 3:

    Debate and elaborate on a select number of relevant Our Common Agenda reform proposals in response to particular global problem-sets (and related gaps in global governance) – whether of an institutional, legal, policy, normative,  or operational nature. 

    Four groups: Climate Action and Governing the Environment and Global Commons,  Conflict Prevention and Management, COVID-19 Response and Human Rights Promotion: Forging a New Social Contract, and Collaborative Economy and Promoting Global Public Goods.

  • 12:30 — Special Session:

    From COP-26 to Stockholm +50 to the 2023 Summit of the  Future: New Directions for Climate Governance

     

    Welcome: 

    • Professor Lise Howard President, Academic Council on the UN System and Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University

    Lead-off remarks: 

    • Maja Groff, EsqConvenor, Climate Governance Commission
    • Dr.  Arunabha Ghosh 
      CEO and Founder, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water
    • Dr.  Adriana Abdenur 
      Executive-Director and Co-Founder, Plataforma CIPO
    • Sue Biniaz
      Deputy to the Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, U.S. Department of State
    • H.E. Chido Mpemba 
      African Union Youth Envoy

    Moderator: 

    • Dr. Magnus Jiborn Director of Research, Global Challenges Foundation

  • 14:00 — Breakthrough Groups Session 4: 

    Beyond (or complementary to) the Our Common  Agenda ideas discussed in the morning breakthrough session, debate and refine innovative reform proposals in response to particular global problem-sets (and related gaps in global governance) – whether of an institutional, legal, policy, normative, or operational nature. 

    Four groups: Climate Action and Governing the Environment and Global Commons,  Conflict Prevention and Management, COVID-19 Response and Human Rights Promotion: Forging a New Social Contract, and Collaborative Economy and Promoting  Global Public Goods.

  • 15:30 — Special Forum on the 2023 Summit of the Future

    Welcome:

    • Professor Lise Howard President, Academic Council on the UN System and Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University

    Speakers:

    • H.E. Mary Robinson Chair of The Elders; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    • H.E. Amb. (Prof.) Tijjani Muhammad-BandePresident of the 74th Session of the General Assembly and Permanent Representative of the Nigerian Mission to the UN
    • H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa President of the 73rd Session of the  General Assembly
    • H.E. Laura Chinchilla Vice-President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Costa Rica
    • Nudhara Yusuf 
      Global Governance Innovation Network Facilitator and Coalition for the UN We Need Global Youth Coordinator 

    Moderator: 

    • Dean Joel Hellman Dean, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown  University

  • 16:45 — Concluding GPD Session:

    Shaping the September 2023 Summit of the Future Final report-backs from four breakthrough groups + Georgetown students group (4-5 mins per group elaborating on select Our Common Agenda and related global governance innovation proposals to more effectively address a global problem-set; after a group’s members have added additional points, we will welcome 8-10 min. discussion with the full plenary, before proceeding to the next breakthrough group).

     

    Co-Moderators:

    • Professor Lise Howard President, Academic Council on the UN System and Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University
    • Professor Joris Larik
      Professor of International Law, Leiden University, and Senior Adviser, Global Governance, Justice & Security Program, Stimson Center
    • Dr. Richard Ponzio
      Director, Global Governance, Justice & Security Program, Stimson Center

Day III: 3 March at the Stimson Center

  • 09:00 — The Countdown to 2023 Strategy Session

    Opening Remarks by:

    • Natalie SamarasingheGlobal Director of Advocacy, Open Society Foundations and former Chief of Strategy, UN@75 Office

     Co-Moderators:

    • Enyseh TeimoryTogether First
    • Dan Perell
      Coalition for the UN We Need

    Closing Reflections on the Way Forward by: 

    • Fergus WattCoordinator, Coalition for the UN We Need