Task Force sets agenda for second Global Governance Forum

15 May 2014

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Building on the success of the first Global Governance Forum held jointly by UNDP China and the China Center for International Economic Exchange (CCIEE) in 2012, an Advance Task Force meeting for a second Global Governance Forum was organized on the 5th of May 2014. The meeting was held in order to establish an agenda as well as potential discussion topics and participants of the Forum, which will be jointly organized by UNDP China, CCIEE, and the Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS) in October 2014.

The first Global Governance Forum was initiated in 2012 in order to establish ways in which developing countries could increase their influence in global governance. Panel sessions further discussed the responsibilities in global governance that derive from increasingly stronger political and economical positions of emerging and developing countries. A report based on the key outcomes of the Forum was launched by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark in early 2013. The report, called “Reconfiguring Global Governance – Effectiveness, Inclusiveness, and China’s Global Role,” named challenges and offered policy recommendations for effective global governance.

The second Global Governance Forum will concentrate on global economic governance, an increasingly pressing issue in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008 and a key topic for debate for the post-2015 development agenda. Especially in the context of China’s rising importance as a political and economic power, economic governance has important implications for the possibility of China and other emerging countries, as well as the many other developing countries, to make their opinions known and enforce their influence in global institutions as well as the global economic order.

The meeting was opened by UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Alain Noudehou. High-level representatives from CCIEE and SIIS were present, including Mr. Yang Jiemian, Chairman of the Academic Committee of SIIS, and Ms. Chen Wenling, Chief Economist of the CCIEE. Senior scholars/deans/directors from different Chinese institutions, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University and China Institute of International Studies, also contributed to the lively discussions.