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Global governance

In a speech given at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland (COP24), 15-year-old Greta Thunberg cuts to the heart of the challenge and calls for the principle of equity to be upheld through structural transformations and sharing the world's resources. For 25 years countless of people have stood in front of the...
We need a politics of finance for the 99 percent in which public and democratically accountable finance is used to invest in water, health care and education as well as ecologically sound industries, writes Lavinia Steinfort for the Transnational Institute. It may not be a new idea, but the speed with which the Green...
A global gathering of world elites is taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, claiming—as it does every year—to “define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held in the rarified elite space of the snow-capped Swiss Alps, consists, in its own words...
The UN General Assembly is set to vote on the final draft of the global compact on refugees as a basis for a more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees. The compact is, however, largely a rich countries’ model designed to protect their borders from unwanted...
Behind some of the concepts that seem to be positive in the new agreement, the migration policy of the richest countries continues to be imposed on the legitimate interests that the most impoverished countries might have, completely ignoring their reality, writes Jon S. Rodriguez for transform! europe.   Numerous...
Heed Monday’s anniversary, for talk of rights is increasingly becoming hazardous to health in vast parts of the globe, writes N. Jarayam for openDemocracy. In mid-November, a spectacle little noticed by much of world media unfolded in one of the most affluent countries and one which, not only in jest,[1] claims to...
The world must get serious about matching multilateral money with multilateral needs, and devote at least 2% of world income to global public goods. And the time has come to think again about new global taxes, writes Jeffrey D. Sachs. Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level...
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, through the Resolution no. A/C.3/73/L.30. The resolution was approved by 119 votes in favour, 7 votes against and 49 abstentions....
Widespread privatization of public goods is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising the interests of low-income earners and those living in poverty, a United Nations human rights expert has said. In a recent report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on extreme...
By removing all discussions about power from their agenda, the SDGs reinforce the status quo of socio-political relations, writes Katerina Gladkova for the Transnational Institute. One might recollect the numerous attempts to scrutinise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when they were first rolled out in...
World leaders will meet in Geneva next week to start negotiating a new international law to ensure companies respect human rights and the environment in their global operations. But a lack of support from European governments is putting this vital United Nations treaty at risk. Every single day, human rights...
When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across the world. A full decade since the great crash of 2008, many...
Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is “unprecedented in scale”, the United Nations has warned. In a landmark report released today, the organisation also said that time is running out to avert disaster. Earth’s surface has warmed one degree Celsius...
The war in Syria and a population surge in sub-Saharan Africa have undermined efforts to reduce the number of people living in extreme poverty, the World Bank has said.  In its annual report, the Washington-based development agency said the proportion of people living in such conditions had fallen to a new low of 10...
We are experiencing a systemic crisis. The environmental, economic, social and political crises are part of an interrelated and interdependent whole. It is impossible to solve one of these crises without addressing the others. Complementarities between Vivir Bien, degrowth, the commons, deglobalisation and other...