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

Photo gallery from the Boulder Global Town Hall


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

EU Ambassador David O'Sullivan

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

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.

Professor Ibrahim Gambari - Co-chair of the

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

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

  • 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.

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

Scroll down for a report on that event!

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.

Coming up next -

      Pittsburgh, PA!

                                   September 19-20, 2019

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

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.


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.

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 one Global Town Hall this year (PITTSBURGH)and others in 2020.


Global Voice, The Pittsburgh European Center for Excellence, Workable World Trust, Citizens for Global Solutions and Co-Sponsors* Present:

A Pittsburgh Global Town Hall
 Climate, Gender, and Sustainability: Local to Global

Thursday, 19 September 2019


10:30 - Youth-oriented event workshop on Climate Education and Advocacy; Student Town Hall
3:30 – Documentary about Wangari Mathai: Taking Root (available to all – on campus

5:30 - Opening Lecture for Global Town Hall: Paulo Magalhães, Director: Common Home of Humanity,     “Working Towards a Favorable Earth System State” Livestream at: http://pi.tt/globaltownhall


 Friday, 20 September 2019 – GLOBAL TOWN HALL, Connelly Ballroom, Alumni Hall

 9:00am – Welcome: Ariel Armony, Provost, University of Pittsburgh


 9:30am – Overview: The Road to 2020 – Earl James, President, Global Voice


10:00am – Expert Panel Plenary:  Climate Change, Gender, and Sustainable Development

Ariel Armony, VP for Global Engagement, Moderator
Paulo Magalhães, Founder and Director-General, Common Home of Humanity
Anu Jain, City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission
Nora Löhle, Program Director, Energy and Environment, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation
Raquel Lagunas, Gender Mainstreaming Advisor, UN Development Program

Livestream Plenary at: http://pi.tt/globaltownhall-plenary


12:00pm – Lunch and Keynote Address: Wanjira Mathai, the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace &. Environmental Studies (www.greenbeltmovement.org/sites/greenbeltmovement.org/files/View%20Bio.pdf)

Livestream Keynote at: http://pi.tt/globaltownhall-keynote


2:00pm – Breakout Sessions

Economics of the Safe Operating Space (Paulo Magalhães; Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh)
Security (Richard Ponzio, Stimson Center, and local/Pitt experts TBD)
Gender and Development (Raquel Lagunas, Anu Jain, and local/Pitt experts TBD)
Climate Action and Social Justice (Nora Löhle, Heinrich-Böll Stiftung Foundation)


4:00pm – Global Town Hall and Next Steps (MOC: Jae-Jae Spoon and Michael Goodhart)

Livestream Next Steps at: http://pi.tt/globaltownhall-publicdiscussion


No registration is required to connect via livestream to these events.

If you plan to attend in person, please register (free) at: http://pi.tt/globaltownhall

Deadline to register and receive a lunch is September 17.


Co-Sponsors: Heinrich-Böll Stiftung Foundation; University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Political Science, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Center for International Legal Education, African Studies Program, Geology, and Office of the Provost.

Sign up for future Global Town Hall notifications at ejames@globalvoice.solutions.


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.

       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.



UN Renewal, Innovation and Reform

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