Remarks at the launch of the High-Level Policy Forum on Global Governance report

Aug 29, 2013

Remarks at the launch of the High-Level Policy Forum on Global Governance report - Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

Chairman Zeng Peiyan,

Professor Zhang Yuyan,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to join you today for the launch of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) Report entitled ‘Reconfiguring Global Governance: effectiveness, inclusiveness and China’s global role’.

I thank the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) for partnering with UNDP on this Global Governance Initiative, and for co-hosting the policy forum on this vital issue last December. An outcome has been the preparation of this report on global governance, looking at some of the critical issues confronting global policymakers and experts around the world.

As global citizens, we face an unprecedented number of shared environmental, social, and economic challenges, from global warming to the spread of pandemics, to cyber-war and transnational crime, trade barriers, and the flow of refugees and others seeking a better, safer life. We depend on effective global governance to address such challenges. 

Across many areas, global governance is already being significantly redefined. The 21st century is witnessing its transformation at various levels and in various ways. There is a multiplicity of actors, including non-State ones. Global co-ordination and the reform of long-standing global governance institutions are imperative.

The effective functioning of the United Nations is critical for addressing the complex global challenges. A strengthened Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) could support the UN’s role in global economic governance, and improve dialogue and co-ordination between the UN, the Bretton Woods Institutions, and the G20. Greater policy coherence between and within the UN, the International Financial Institutions, and the G20 could project a shared vision and inspire collaborative action.             

At UNDP we welcome reform of global governance to reflect the changing geopolitics and geo-economics of our world.  China plays a significant role as a strong supporter of multilateralism, as a leading regional and global actor, and as an important development partner of other developing countries.

The UNDP-CCIEE Global Governance Initiative is about sharing knowledge and exploring new solutions to global problems. The high level policy forum in December and this report have both contributed to this objective. Much more remains to be done to advance global governance.  UNDP looks forward to continuing its co-operation with CCIEE and to the further development of this Global Governance Initiative.

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