UN and global governance

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GPF’s core mission is to monitor policy making at the United Nations. This covers thematic areas, like sustainable development, human rights, and financing for development, but also more general issues of global governance and the funding and reform of the United Nations.

In this section you will find information, analyses, material etc. on questions of UN reform, the financing of international organizations, the role of various international “clubs” (like the G20), new forms of public-private interactions, like multi-stakeholder initiatives and global partnerships, the modi operandi of global institutions and their subsidiary bodies, the role of civil society organizations and social movements, and much more.

On the eve of the (virtual) United Nations 75th anniversary event and the Global Goals Week authors presented this year's global civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development.

 

If you missed the virtual launching event you can watch the recording here.

Find the report & further information here.

 

 

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis

This is the fifth edition of the report Spotlight on Sustainable Development. Since 2016, we have published this report annually to assess not only the implementation of the 2030 Agenda but also the structural obstacles in its realization.

When we started to plan for this year’s report in Autumn 2019, mass protests were shaking a growing number of countries in various regions of the world. In Ecuador, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, in Egypt, Lebanon, [...]

Global Civil Society Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

New York, 18 September 

The COVID-19 crisis and the worldwide measures to tackle it have deeply affected communities, societies and economies around the globe. The implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been put at high risk in many countries. COVID-19 is a global wake-up call for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity.

But calls for “building back better” by just pushing the reset button will not change the game. We need structural changes [...]

Stellungnahme der Treaty Alliance Deutschland zum zweiten überarbeiteten Entwurf für ein verbindliches UN-Abkommen zu Wirtschaft und Menschenrechten (»Second Revised Draft«)

Im Juni 2014 erteilte der Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen (UN) mit der Resolution 26/9 einer zwischenstaatlichen Arbeitsgruppe das Mandat, ein völkerrechtliches Abkommen zur menschenrechtlichen Regulierung von globalen Wirtschaftsaktivitäten zu erarbeiten. Ziel des Prozesses ist es, die im Zuge der Globalisierung entstandenen Rechtslücken beim Schutz von Menschenrechten in der Wirtschaft zu schließen. Bislang fanden in Genf fünf Verhandlungsrunden statt, bei denen Regierungen, Rechtsexpert*innen und Vertreter*innen der Zivilgesellschaft und Wirtschaft über die rechtliche Ausgestaltung des Abkommens debattierten. Auf Grundlage dieser Konsultationen hat [...]

Weltwirtschaftliche Auswirkungen und internationale Reaktionen

Die globale Corona-Pandemie hat nicht nur gravierende Auswirkungen für die Gesundheitssituation in vielen Ländern der Welt. Sie wird auch den Welthandel, die Finanzmärkte und die Verwirklichung der international vereinbarten Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs) massiv beeinflussen. Das ganze Ausmaß der Krise und ihrer Folgen lässt sich derzeit noch nicht abschätzen.

Fest steht aber schon jetzt, dass das Coronavirus die Weltwirtschaft in einer kritischen Phase getroffen hat. In vielen Ländern des Globalen Südens hatte sich die gesamtwirtschaftliche Lage bereits vor Ausbruch [...]

Assessing current proposals under debate

Dr. Marianne Beisheim

This working paper by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs identifies and discusses proposals currently under debate for reviewing the “format and organizational aspects” of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

 

Global civil society report assesses structural obstacles and institutional gaps in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

New York, 8 July 2019: “The world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies. Even worse, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise in a growing number of countries.”

“The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not just a matter of better policies. It requires more holistic and more sweeping shifts in how power is vested, including through institutional and governance [...]

The increasing role of venture philanthropies in Global Health: Win-win situations or conflicts of interest with and for the WHO?

To coincide with the World Health Summit and the Grand Challenges Conference of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Berlin, Global Policy Forum, Brot fuer die Welt, medico international, and MISEREOR invite you to discuss the benefits, risks and side-effects of the WHO’s engagement with philanthropic foundations, and reflect on how the WHO can be strengthened in order to fulfill its responsibilities. Speakers will include representatives from the German Ministry of Health, the WHO (tbc) and international civil society.

The United Nations (UN) is a highly complex organisation. It can be difficult for civil society advocates to know where to start and the best way to exert any influence. This toolkit will help civil society organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to navigate the politics and structure of the UN system and its main decision-making bodies. It will also provide a roadmap to help guide CSOs through the main types of UN agreements and how they are negotiated, with a [...]

The United Nations face a funding dilemma. On the one hand, member states continue to transfer new responsibilities to the UN system, not least in implementing the 2030 Agenda and their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); on the other hand, they do not match these mandates with adequate resources.

Some see the way out of this financial mess in reinforced UN partnerships with private donors and their foundations. The UN Foundation (UNF) plays a special role here. It was established by [...]

Development players mine a new seam

“Data is the new Gold” headlined a 2014 article in the business press on the marketing power it offers. “Each click, like, and share creates new data in the world, much of which can be used to deliver relevant marketing information and bring increased value to consumer audiences.” Picking up on the potential of so-called Big Data to measure national and global progress on development goals agreed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2030 agenda has driven a [...]

Oligarchy and Global Power in the UN Security Council

By James A. Paul. When the United Nations was founded over seventy years ago, the victorious Allies saw it as the capstone of the postwar order. This new organization would work to keep the peace that had been achieved at such tremendous cost. At its head would be the Security Council, dominated by its five permanent members, united in a “trusteeship of the strong.” These powerful nations would serve as the world’s policemen, taking on the burden of keeping the [...]