Global Governance: Breaking down or breaking new ground?
Part I: STRENGTHENING THE GLOBAL GOVERNANCE ARCHITECTURE TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS EXISTENTIAL THREATS TO HUMAN SECURITY
Reform has been a perennial item on the UN agenda, practically from the moment of its establishment in 1945. As a living organization, it is natural for the world body to adjust to remain relevant and effective with the changing times. The adjustment curve needs to be steeper now, with the world facing the “perfect storm” of interconnected mega-crisis, notably climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, food, energy, and water insecurity, along with shifting geopolitics and another major war in Europe. Is the UN able to transform itself into the inclusive and effective decision-making mechanism that the world needs today and tomorrow, and in what direction should this transformation move?
PART II: THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR AND WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT IT
Another major war on European soil was probably not something one would have expected well into the 21st Century, certainly not one involving a permanent, veto- and nuclear-weapons-armed member of the UN Security Council as the aggressor, with the defending country, supported indirectly but clearly by another three UN Security Council permanent, veto- and nuclear-weapons-armed members. Can the world and multilateralism deal with this within the current global governance framework or we are already in World War III? What has the UN been doing and what more can be done to bring about a ceasefire and a process of peaceful resolution? What is being done and what more can be done to empower the local population in Ukraine to cater to its humanitarian needs and help with the eventual process of healing?