Just Security 2020
Just Security 2020
The Stimson Center, in collaboration with interested governments, civil society groups, businesses, and international organization partners, has initiated Just Security 2020: Advancing the Recommendations of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, a multistakeholder effort to achieve bold yet practical global governance reforms by 2020 — the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
On June 16, 2015, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance — co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari — released its flagship report, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, at the Peace Palace in The Hague and then the United Nations with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. The report underscored the need for new tools to manage the world’s most pressing issues — from violent conflict and climate change to the “hyperconnected” global economy — and that such tools should promote both security and justice (“just security”), both as a matter of fundamental fairness and to combat the alienation that can increase receptivity to violent extremist thought — left or right, religious or secular.
Emphasizing the intersection of security and justice in global governance, Just Security 2020 aims to establish a broad-based international coalition, composed of both state and non-state actors, to pursue key elements of the Commission’s reform agenda and related global governance reform. Specifically, the project intends to achieve, by 2020, tangible progress toward the adoption and initial implementation of up to twenty of the Commission’s proposals. As one proposed vehicle for reform, Just Security 2020 will also rally diverse partners to encourage U.N. Member States’ consideration by late 2017 — with active encouragement by the next U.N. Secretary-General—of a World Conference on Global Institutions to be convened by 2020 (preceded by an official preparatory process across all regions to commence in 2018).
Major activities to be undertaken in 2016 and 2017 through Just Security 2020 include: i) Convening four track 1.5 policy dialogues / multistakeholder meetings to promote consensus on priority global governance reform innovations, one in each thematic area of the Commission’s report and one on global governance institutions; ii) Building a robust research and policy analysis component to prepare background briefs and action reports for each of the multistakeholder meetings, track the progress of policy implementation, and complete a companion edited volume to the original Commission Report (to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017); and iii) Standing up four thematic networks, which together will represent a new Platform on Global Security, Justice & Governance Reform, to sustain relationships and promote results of the track 1.5 meetings.
The project will engage many different stakeholders, in civil society, governments, international organizations, and the business community, about the problems of global governance and opportunities to be seized. This new effort aims to mobilize these actors to support the kinds of ambitious yet realistic reforms proposed by the Commission, looking toward 2020 and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.