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The Global Town Hall Project

for a UN 2020 Summit

Revitalizing the United Nations from the Grassroots

In recognition of the pressing need for civil society and world leaders to organize a global response to the escalating existential threats to humanity and our planet, the  Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance  (co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari)  has recommended the convening of a 2020 World Summit on Global Security, Justice and Governance.

The ICM(chaired by Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Austrailia) has made reform recommendations in fifteen issue areas, including an all-important focus on Weapons of Mass Destruction.

"The time is now to examine how countries collectively respond to crisis. The world is undergoing major transformations at unprecedented speeds, putting enormous stress on our institutions of global governance.

The United Nations itself is the product of seven decades of cumulative institutional development. Is it working? Is it fit for purpose?"

Pulling Together: The Mulitlateral System and its Future

(ICM Final Report)

Global Town Hall Goals:

  • Carry out Global Town Halls in numerous cities across the US, networked with organizations around the globe, in order to fully assess and evaluate global governance reform recommendations from the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance and other recent reform initiatives.
  • Bring diverse voices into the dialogue with an independent “US Advisory Council” of civil society, faith-based and business leaders.
  • Organize a US advocacy coalition to build support for US government participation in a 2020 UN World Summit on Global Security, Justice & Governance and in the Preparatory Commissions leading up to it.
  • Launch an educational and social media campaign highlighting the Commission’s recommendations through outreach to business, inter-governmental and multilateral organizations, including UN missions, G20 member states, and youth engagement activities harnessing the talents and idealism of students and young professionals.

The Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance

The Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM)

A United Nations Summit on Global Governance in 2020?

It is increasingly clear that our global community’s 20th century system of self-governance is woefully inadequate to the mounting threats to peace we face today.

Fortunately, a convergence of  global-governance initiatives occurs on the UN's 75th Anniversary in 2020 that may call for a World Summit: