The Boulder GTH Report continues below the Photo Gallery. 

The event program is available here.  For a list of all speakers and their bio statements, click here.

Participants at the Boulder Global Town Hall addressed many issues, shared lessons, and raised questions. Here are some highlights from the dialogues:

  • Cooperation is as natural as conflict. It’s real and how human beings want to act with one another.
  • In these troubled times, the demand for UN assistance and leadership is growing - for saving lives and for improving the prospects of humanity.
  • It is important to increase cooperation between the UN system and Civil Society,  to assemble integrated teams of experts. The whole is larger than sum of its parts.
  • Moving toward a 2020 set of objectives, learn from Zero Hour Youth Movement and Global Youth Action Network to better engage young people moving forward.
  • How can we address corruption? What guidelines / norms does the UN brings to bear?
  • Reform recommendations can best be assessed by placing several related proposals together as a ‘bundle’, as that is the way the world works.
  • Prevention of conflict must be moved to the top of the UN's priority list. We have the tools and the strategies, now we need the political will.
  • Establishing the recommended UN Global Partnership is a key step toward more inclusive and representative governance.
  • Holding Global Town Halls to address pressing needs of Global Governance is a moral imperative and practical necessity as our institutions need massive support.


JULY 21-23, 2018

Presented by

Global Voice, One Earth Future Foundation, and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence

In association with the

University of Colorado Boulder

Ellen Liapson, Ex-Officio Member of the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance delivers the Sunday Keynote Address.

Nancy Dunlavy, Workable Word Trust, and Richard Ponzio, Just Security 2020, reflect on the day's events.

Fergus Watt, UN2020, listens attentively to a colleagues proposal for next steps on the Road to 2020.

Our first Global Town Hall was held in July, 2018 at the University of Colorado.

Scroll down for a report on that event!

EU Ambassador David O'Sullivan

Photo gallery from the Boulder Global Town Hall


Felicia Naranjo Martinez, Executive Director of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence, addresses the gathering.

       In our lifetimes, we have witnessed unparalleled human achievements: the halving of extreme global poverty in under two decades, the exploration of space and the rise of the Internet, and the steady advance of freedom and justice following the defeat of fascism and other forms of totalitarian government in the twentieth century, to name a few of the most notable examples. At the same time, we are keenly aware of the shadows that threaten our progress: militant extremism continues to take root in the world’s poorly governed spaces, where the rule of law has collapsed, and discrimination threatens the rights of women, children, and minorities in many places. Our fragile ecosystem, new threats in cyberspace, and the downside risks of an increasingly interconnected world economy also remind us daily that we need a new approach to global governance, one that relies on different kinds of public and private institutions.

Madeleine K. Albright and Ibrahim A. Gambari Co-Chairs, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance.

Coming up next -

      Pittsburgh, PA!

                                   September 19-20, 2019

In 2015, the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari made over 85 UN renewal recommendations that included a Summit of World Leaders on UN Renewal, Innovation and Reform in 2020.

Ellen  Laipson, Jonathan Granoff, Global Security Institute, and Pat Kushlis, Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, exchange reform strategies.



UN Renewal, Innovation and Reform

Ambassador O'Sullivan, Larry David  (Citizens for Global Solutions, and Conor Seyle , One Earth Future Fdn, discuss UN renewal proposals..

The Inaugural Global Town Hall - held in Boulder, CO, USA, July 21-23, 2018,

on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder - brought together key experts

organizers to chart a course forward and all participants expressed a commitment

to what they believe is an important opportunity to modernize the UN.

Presenters included:

  • Commission Co-Chair Ibrahim Gambari (via video)
  • European Union Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan
  • President and CEO Emeritus of the Stimson Center Ellen Laipson
  • University of Colorado Provost Russell Moore
  • Director of Research One Earth Future Foundation Conor Seyle
  • Executive Director of the Global Security Institute Jonathan Granoff 
  • International Coordinator of UN2020 Fergus Watt
  • Director of Just Security 2020 Richard Ponzio
  • Director of the Int'l Security Program, Denver University Lewis Griffith

Professor Ibrahim Gambari - Co-chair of the

Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance -welcomed Boulder GTH participants via video, .

  • Making a Just Transition from the fossil fuel economy to the green energy economy is the linchpin for connecting justice to security.
  • Security is dependent upon justice; Justice is dependent upon the Rule of Law being upheld globally.
  • The UN Security Council needs to adopt the civil society mindset that we are one global community, deeply interrelated, and deeply interdependent.
  • Global Town Halls need to be truly GLOBAL, with participation from all around the planet!  The involvement of the European Union is a giant step in the right direction.

The year 2020 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, providing an opportunity to modernize the UN for the 21st century.
In this historic context, 2020 is also a year that many UN and Civil Society campaigns

have set as a target date for proactive transformations of how wegovern our world

to avoid catastrophic global events such as runaway global warming, a nuclear

nightmare or the victory of totalitarianism over democracy.
As daunting as these threats can be, we believe there are solutions to all the problems

facing us, and our campaign - The Road to 2020 - is dedicated to bringing these

solutions to the fore and plotting a new path toward justiceand security through a

series of public dialogues, or Global Town Halls.

The potential for UN reform to take place in 2020 was greatly enhanced this year when UNGA President Maria Espinosa appointed co-facilitators to develop a “modality resolution” establishing the formal process for Member States to negotiate UN reform proposals.

With the global climate-extinction threat gaining force almost daily, Global Voice has formed an alliance with a promising new initiative called The Common Home of Humanity ( Since the climate extinction threat is - and will continue to be - the strongest driver of global change for some time to come, two critical properties of the Common Home of Humanity make it a very promising initiative:

Economic benefits to nations are built into the system; and
Its legal framework could become the first step toward full world federation: “The Earth System is an intangible, global common which spans across the national territories of states. Only by recognizing it in its indivisible entirety, is it possible to achieve effective environmental laws and management systems.”

Fine, you may say. But how is the climate threat a more powerful motivator toward global governance than threats such as nuclear war have been? Climate disaster and potential human extinction is underway now; nuclear war – while still a threat – is just that, not a current reality that we must stop or our species, among many others, will perish.

To further explore this initiative’s potential, Global Voice and Partner Organizations are planning several Global Town Halls this year and in 2020.

To date, there are two Global Town Halls confirmed and another being discussed:
       1. Santa Fe, NM, September 15-18, 2019 (tentative)
           Theme: Global Environmental Governance and the Common Home of Humanity    

       2. Pittsburgh, PA, September 19-20, 2019 (confirmed)
           Theme: “Paving the Road to Reform: Climate Change and Sustainable Development.”
           The European Studies Center ( of the University of           Pittsburgh, in partnership with Global Voice and the Workable World Trust, will host this GTH.

       3. Minneapolis, MN Date TBD early 2020 (confirmed)
           To be hosted by Global Minnesota ( and the Workable World Trust                           (

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