About the GGIN
Building on the UN75 Global Governance Forum (16-18 September 2020) and follow-through to the UN75 Political Declaration, the Stimson Center, Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Plataforma CIPÓ, and Leiden University are partnering on a Global Governance Innovation Network (GGIN), bringing world-class scholarship together with international policy-making to address fundamental global governance challenges, threats, and opportunities.
Through policy research on the underlying causes and dynamics of the “anti-multilateralist” turn in many countries and development of institutional, policy, legal, and normative improvements in the global governance architecture (as well as other possible responses to the crisis), the GGIN will convene and amplify the voices of a new generation of scholars, policy researchers, and practitioners from the Global South and North, alongside established experts and UN Mission Representatives. Specifically, the network will focus on analyzing and responding to gaps within and across the following global governance thematic areas: Enhancing Post-COVID Recovery and Global Economic & Social Governance, Rethinking the UN’s Approach to Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action, Strengthening Rules-Based Governance, Human Rights & Inclusive Governance, and Innovating Climate Governance: The Paris Agreement & Beyond.
The network’s “theory of change” is rooted in an understanding that greater results can be achieved when: (1) individual states and non-state actors, provided with evidence-based on solid research and analysis, recognize that their priority issues or institutional reforms can benefit from an inclusive global coalition that facilitates positive systemic changes; (2) greater opportunities arise for “package deals” and linkages between innovative proposals across distinct sectors and institutional settings; and (3) momentum for reform is generated and sustained by early wins on less contested issues that lay the groundwork for progress on harder questions.