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Commission on Global Security, Justice, & Governance Hosts Member States and Experts Consultations

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On 24 and 25 February 2015, the Commission on Global Security, Justice &
Governance
 hosted  consultations
in New York with representatives of United Nations Member States and leading
experts from non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and the UN
system. Commission Co-Chair Professor Ibrahim Gambari (former Foreign Minister
of Nigeria and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs) and
Commissioner Professor José Antonio Ocampo (former Minister of Finance of
Colombia and UN Under-secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs)
solicited the views of participants on four core themes to be analyzed by the Commission in its forthcoming report, to be
presented in advance of the 70th Anniversary UN Summit this
September in New York: fragile and conflict-affected states, climate and people, the
global e-conomy, and UN institutional reforms. The summary of the Member States
Consultation can be accessed here and the
Experts Consultation here.

The Member States Consultation (24 February),
held at the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations  and co-chaired by the Permanent
Representatives of Nigeria and Japan (Ambassadors Joy Ogwu and Motohide
Yoshikawa), was the first of a two-part dialogue between UN Missions and
Commission representatives. The initial exchange, which involved
representatives of twenty-four UN Member States, solicited feedback on the
Commission’s goals and encouraged dialogue on the major themes that underpin
the Commission’s work. The second
exchange, planned for 2 April 2015 in New York, will build on ideas drawn from
the first consultation and consist of a focused dialogue between United Nations
Missions and Commissioners on specific draft reform proposals of the Commission.

The Experts Consultation (25 February), hosted
by the International Peace Institute together with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
New York Office, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, and the Stimson Center
brought together approximately 35 leading experts from non-governmental
organizations, academic institutions, and the UN system to discuss reform ideas
within the Commission’s four core themes. The consultation was moderated by
Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, Vice President of the International Peace
Institute and Secretary-General of The Independent Commission on Multilateralism.

Key elements of both consultations included: the close link between
effective climate governance and building a sustainable global economy;
challenges associated with the operationalization of the Responsibility to
Protect (R2P) norm agreed to by UN Member States at the 2005 UN World Summit;
the urgent need to mitigate the risk of another global financial crisis; and
the importance of recognizing the capabilities of both traditional and
relatively new, but essential players, in global governance.

 

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