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In 2015, world leaders agreed to bold, results-driven United Nations action plans at the Addis Conference on Financing for Development in July, the New York Summit on Sustainable Development in September, and the Paris Climate Change Conference in December. Only a short year ago, the outcomes for each of these global gatherings lay in doubt.
 
To deliver on these historic commitments, attention now turns to the effectiveness of our global institutions in marshaling and sustaining the resources, ideas, networks, and talents of diverse transnational actors, from states, regional organizations, and municipalities to business and civil society groups. With the selection of a new UN Secretary-General and the initial implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement climate agenda, 2016 will be a pivotal year for our global governance system—a system vital to humanity’s future but also in urgent need of reform and modernization to maintain its relevance and increase its effectiveness in facing these and other pressing global challenges.
 
Since its inception in mid-2014, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, has sought ways to reinforce the roles of global institutions in meeting such challenges, advancing global security and justice while doing so. Its groundbreaking report, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, offers a roadmap for global governance renewal and innovation in the run-up to the UN’s 75th anniversary in 2020.
 
To date, 26 public events in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America—in addition to 28 earlier consultations during the report’s preparation—have garnered policy and international media attention for the Commission’s findings and recommendations, and further promotional activities are planned for 2016. Outreach also included op-eds in major media outlets from the co-chairs and from Commissioners Lloyd Axworthy, Yoriko Kawaguchi, Shyam Saran, and Erna Witoelar, as well as this article by the Commission Co-Chairs in the journal Global Policy. A selection of the project’s background papers, which will be compiled into an edited volume, can also be found on the Commission’s website.
 
 Thank you for your interest in the work of the Commission, and we look forward to continued collaboration in the New Year.
 
The Project Team

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