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On 27 February, YaleGlobal Online published an article on ‘Just Power for a Reformed UN’ written by Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan (@SustainHistory), Head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

He writes about universal heightened attention to values, international relations discourse, world-changing UN events including Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He also recommends the following for sustainable global governance:

  1. Effective multilateralism
  2. Effective multilateral institutions
  3. Representative multilateral decision-making structures
  4. Dialogue
  5. Accountability
  6. Transparency
  7. Burden-sharing
  8. Stronger partnerships between multilateral organisations and civil society actors

Al-Rodhan states there must be an ‘emphasis of dignity at the heart of good governance’ which is ‘imperative for resolving and preventing conflict.’


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