Trust and Accountability: Bringing Values into our Future
The Summit of the Future will only succeed if the countries and peoples of the world trust that its decisions will effectively lead the necessary transition to a more just and sustainable future. Reformed global governance with a renewed United Nations could enable true solidarity in the face of the impacts of increasing economic, environmental, social and security crises, and establish mechanisms for accountability for all relevant actors including the UN itself. The foundation should be an agreement on the values underlying global well-being and solidarity: justice, equity, trustworthiness, cooperation, reciprocity, with development that includes everyone, enabling the fulfilment by every person on the planet of their higher human purpose.
TOPICS AND PANELISTS:
Vision and Values: Laying a Foundation for a Functioning International System
Presented by Daniel Perell, Representative to the UN for the Baha’i International Community
We can all agree that global governance is not at the apex of its evolution – there will, of necessity, be further iteration. But what are we evolving towards? Without a vision of, at the very least, the principles which must underlie a functioning international order, it is difficult to imagine how we would get there. This talk aims to outline some of the characteristics necessary for a functioning international system – solidarity beyond borders, selfless service, consideration of future generations. With these in mind, certain assumptions of what exists today can be questioned and, more importantly, new approaches can be devised which will allow a trustworthy and effective global governance structure to emerge. The 2024 Summit of the Future represents a rare moment to explore these themes with ever wider audiences.
Truthfulness and Trustworthiness as foundations for trust and accountability in global governance
Presented by Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Associate Professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Truthfulness and trustworthiness are two of the values that need to form the foundation for an international system that can effectively address the challenges of humanity. Sylvia will reflect on why these values are so important linked to their role for building trust and accountability. Trust and accountability are both hailed as desirable features of governance at all levels, including the global level. Multilateral collaboration, however, is currently plagued by distrust, and the lack of accountability of particularly the most powerful actors in global governance is glaring. At the same time, the building of accountable institutions at all levels is one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Thus a Summit of the Future needs to reflect on strategies to strengthen trust, accountability and the values they build on.
The presentations will be followed by dialogue and Q&A.