Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance

I was delighted to be invited to be an expert on the Commission on Global Justice and Security being led by the Hague Institute and Stimpson Center, under the overall directorship of my long term friend Dr. Richard Ponzio. The Co-Chairs of the Commission on Global Security Justice & Governance – former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Dr. Ibrahim Gambari - led the overall exercise, with launches held in the Hague, Washington DC and New York.

About the Commission:

Humanity faces a growing range of problems – from the wars in Syria, Ukraine, and the Congo, to the continued violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, to the less visible dangers posed by climate change, cross-border economic shocks, cyber-insecurity, and population shifts – that require urgent attention. To an alarming degree, however, preventing conflict and providing human security often exceed the operational and political capacities of global governance institutions, a largely piecemeal architecture built in the wake of World War II.

Moreover, when that architecture was built, the Earth held fewer than 2.5 billion human beings, grown to six billion when nations set the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2000, to be eight billion before the successor Sustainable Development Goals run their course in 2030. These growing numbers will seek the benefits of knowledge, political stability, and economic growth, which are increasingly vital yet remain unevenly shared. These disparities are likely to grow ever more acute in the face of present global institutions’ inability to offer effective and innovative solutions attentive to both security and justice.

Against this backdrop, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance focuses on the interplay of security and justice as critical to understanding and addressing common global threats that require collaborative action at all levels of governance. The Commission is co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari, and includes as members a select group of eminent statespersons and intellectuals from around the world. The Commission is jointly supported by The Hague Institute for Global Justice (The Hague, The Netherlands) and The Stimson Center (Washington D.C., USA).

The Commission’s chief goal is to develop a distinct set of global policy and institutional reform recommendations for release in June 2015, in advance of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary Summit. Innovations presented will stem from research by leading experts and a series of informed, international multi-stakeholder consultations.

The final report of the Commission can be downloaded here: www.globalsecurityjusticegovernance.org/