New Article on Reviving Multilateralism on the Road to 2020  

In advance of their October 29 (New York) and October 30 (Washington, D.C.) 2018 book launches for Just Security in an Undergoverned World, Richard Ponzio, Joris Larik, and William Durch examine, in this new October 17, 2018 article for PassBlue, the growing crisis of multilateralism and efforts to build greater coherence and system-wide reforms in the run-up to the United Nations 75th Anniversary in September 2020.

Despite faltering leadership of America globally, the authors suggest that the multilateral system, anchored by the UN, can be shored up with the support of smart coalitions of like-minded states and non-state actors, including through new catalytic umbrella groups such as the UN2020 Initiative.

Lecture at the 30TH Nobel Peace Prize Forum  

Dr. Richard Ponzio delivered the inaugural Workable World Trust Lecture on “From Crisis to Renewal: Using ‘Just Security’ to Reinvigorate Global Governance & Build Peace on the Road to 2020” at the 30th Nobel Peace Prize Forum (September 13-15, 2018) in Minneapolis, where he spoke about the evolution of global governance renewal and innovation efforts since the end of the Cold War.

Drawing on two recently published books, Just Security in an Undergoverned World and Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform, Dr. Ponzio stressed the urgent need and moral imperative for a new round of global institutional reform as the United Nations system prepares to embark on its second 75 years.

UNGA High-Level Week Meetings and Events

From September 24-28,2018, Just Security 2020 program staff participated in several UNGA High-Level Week related meetings and side-events, including a dinner discussion that brought together international scholars and NGO leaders with a visiting academic delegation from Qatar, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, the Global Hope Coalition Gala, and a forum on Cyberattacks on International Relations and Security.  

Key takeaways included the need to enhance international cooperation on cybersecurity and other global governance challenges, which are likely to increase in the coming years. New forms of global cooperation should leverage international partnerships that extend beyond government and embrace the ideas, networks, and abilities of local civil society actors and the private sector to achieve more comprehensive and innovative approaches to essential global governance.