Toward Innovation and Renewal of Regional and Global Governance

An open conversation about the future of multilateralism and its impact at the global, regional, and national levels in the Americas.

Co-sponsored by: The Stimson Center, Organization of American States, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Global Challenges Foundation, Igarapé Institute, Adelphi, Together First, UN2020.

Date: 20 March–26 April 2020

Overview of the Regional Dialogue

The UN75 Regional Dialogue for the Americas: Toward Innovation and Renewal of Global and Regional Governance (20 March–26 April 2020) was designed to bring diverse, multi-stakeholder, regional perspectives and actionable ideas into the final months of preparations for key global policy milestones of 2020, including the UN 75 Leaders Summit and its associated political declaration (to be finalized by June 2020), as well as the 2020 Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture.

Originally planned for 19–21 March 2020 in Bogota, Colombia, the co-organizers (the Stimson Center, Organization of American States, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict [GPPAC], Global Challenges Foundation, Igarapé Institute, adelphi, Together First, and UN2020) decided to take this in-person conversation online, for the time being, due to the fast spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dialogue serves as a platform to open the conversation around key issues and questions on the future of multilateralism and its impact at the global, regional, and national levels in the Americas. The inputs have been synthesized—on a not-for-attribution-basis—and consolidated in this summary report, with the following objectives:

  • To shed light on the role of the United Nations in the Americas and its collaboration with regional organizations (such as the Organization of American States) on issue areas such as peace and security, sustainable development, climate governance, humanitarian action, justice, and human rights.
  • To offer policy recommendations on how to build on successes and strengthen multilateralism through the United Nations, Organization of American States, and other regional actors that engage the UN system.

The online dialogue’s “theory of change” is rooted in the conviction that greater results can be achieved when (1) individual states and non-state actors recognize that their priority issues or institutional reforms can benefit from a global systemic, coalition-supported effort; (2) greater opportunities arise for “deal-making” and exploiting linkages between innovative proposals across distinct sectors and institutional settings; and (3) momentum for reform is generated and sustained.

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Balanced attention toward gaining the confidence of powerful “insiders,” including the UN Secretary-General, and powerful “outsiders” from civil society, the media, and the business community, will be a hallmark of the development of new knowledge and advocacy networks utilizing the new Stimson Center-led, online Platform on Global Security, Justice & Governance Reform and the civil society-led Together First campaign and UN 2020 Initiative. Each is critical to leveraging institutions and individuals to affect positive changes in global governance.

Format

The online dialogue was structured in four segments across four thematic issues areas (regional approaches to global governance; enhancing peacebuilding and security in the Americas; strengthening inclusive and sustainable development and climate governance; and promoting human rights, justice, and humanitarian action). Each segment started with a focused thematic webinar that brought together key experts on each thematic topic from the United Nations, civil society, regional organizations, and member states, who shared their reflections and opened the conversation to questions from the participants. For both the online dialogue and webinars, individuals were encouraged to participate in either Spanish or English. Please find below the online dialogue and webinars schedule:

Segment Moderators Webinar
23-29 March Regional Approaches to Global Governance Yadira Soto Organization of American States Cristina Petcu Stimson Center 20 March (10:00-11:00 am New York) UN@75, an Opportunity for Strengthening Global and Regional Governance in the Americas Region
30 March – 5 April Enhancing Peacebuilding and Security in the Americas Marina Kumskova Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Daria Ivleva adelphi 27 March (10:00-11:00am New York) Peacebuilding in the Americas: Strategic Operationalization of Sustaining Peace at the Regional Level (this will include a discussion on the links between security, peacebuilding and climate change)
6-15 April Strengthening Inclusive & Sustainable Development and Climate Governance Magnus Jiborn Global Challenges Foundation Richard Ponzio Stimson Center 3 April (10:00-11:00am New York) Strengthening Inclusive & Sustainable Development and Climate Governance
16-26 April Promoting Human Rights, Justice, and Humanitarian Action Adriana Abdenur Igarape Institute   16 April (10:00-11:00am New York) Promoting Human Rights, Justice, and Humanitarian Action