Guest Blog: The urgent need to reform global governance
Today multilateralism is increasingly criticized, the UN is in financial crisis as governments fail to pay what they owe, and any suggestion that the UN might be reformed would be considered by most as hopelessly unrealistic. At the same time, the existential climate crisis is accelerating, biodiversity is collapsing around the world. the threat of a global pandemic seems ever more real, the financial system burdened with debt is again teetering on the verge of collapse, increasing inequality is stretching societies to the breaking point, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has advanced the Doomsday clock to 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to Armageddon, as nuclear states are rearming and others trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. The need for effective global governance has never been more evident. Yet legislative, executive and judicial functions that are accepted as normal at the national level are still lacking in our planetary society.
Our initial proposals won the New Shape Prize of the Global Challenges Foundation, and we have now spelled them out in detail in our book "Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century", recently published by Cambridge University Press you can find it here.