Participants at the Boulder Global Town Hall addressed many issues, shared lessons, and raised questions. Here are some highlights from the dialogues:
JULY 21-23, 2018
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 -
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.
THE BOULDER GLOBAL TOWN HALL
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.
Professor Ibrahim Gambari - Co-chair of the
Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance -welcomed Boulder GTH participants via video, .
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 (www.commonhomeofhumanity.org.) 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 (https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/) 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 (https://www.globalminnesota.org/) and the Workable World Trust (https://www.workableworld.org/.)
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