TF06 Strengthening multilateralism and global governance

Strengthening multilateralism and global governance

TF6 focuses on fostering robust international cooperation in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 Agenda. It aims to influence the discussion of priorities in the Development Working Groups as well as those of health and trade and investment; and identify issues of particular interest for the Sherpas such as the assessment of the G20 pledges and actions.

Key issues and sub-topics within this task force include:

  1. The G20 Role in Strengthening Multilateralism and UN Reform (Co-chair: Shairee Malhotra - ORF, India); (Members: Philipp Schönrock - CEPEI, Regional and Stormy Mildner - Aspen Institute, Germany):
    Assessing and advocating for the G20's role in bolstering multilateralism and supporting reforms within the United Nations system to enhance its efficiency, effectiveness and adaptability to current global challenges. SDG 17. 

  2. Reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) (Co-chair: Valentina Delich - FLACSO, Argentina); (Members: Richard Ponzio - Stimson Center, USA, Bernice Lee - Chatham House, UK and Patricia Nasser - CEDEPLAR, Brazil):
    Addressing the need for reforms within the WTO to ensure its relevance, efficiency, and fairness in regulating global trade, promoting equitable economic development. SDG 17. 

  3. Global Health Issues and the One Health Approach (Co-chair: Pedro Burger - FIOCRUZ CRIS - Centro de Relações Internacionais em Saúde, Brazil); (Members: Ilona Kickbusch - Global Health Centre, Switzerland and Mahlet Kifle Habtemariam - Centre for Disease Control, Ethiopia/Africa):
    Recognizing the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health, the task force emphasizes the importance of a holistic "One Health" approach to address global health challenges. SDG 17. 

  4. New Norms and Metrics for International Development Cooperation and Confronting Global Challenges (Co-chair: Sabyasachi Saha - RIS, India); (Members: Pamla Gopaul - AUDA-NEPAD, African Union/Regional and Paulo Luiz Esteves - BRICS Policy Centre, Brazil):
    Identifying and proposing new norms and metrics for international development cooperation flows to better address emerging global challenges. SDG 17.  

  5. The Role of Non-State Actors, NGOs, and Subnational Units in Multilateral Governance (Co-chair: Zamiyat Abubakar - Southern Voice, Global); (Members: Luara Lopes - Articulação Sul, Brazil  and Luiza Duarte - Center for Latin American & Latino Studies - American University, USA):
    Acknowledging the significance of non-state actors, NGOs, and subnational units, the task force explores their roles and contributions in shaping effective multilateral governance, and the need to grant them proper representation and voice in international institutions. SDG 17. 

  6. Assessing G20 Pledges and Actions (Co-chair: Venkatachalam Anbumozhi - ERIA, Indonesia); (Members: Denis Snower - GSI, Germany, Narnia Bohler Muller - HSRC, South Africa and Gladys Teresita Lechini - CERIR Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina):
    Evaluating the pledges and actions undertaken by the G20 to ensure accountability and efficacy in meeting commitments made towards global governance and development objectives. SDG 17. 

  7. The Voices of the Global South in Global Governance and in Strengthening Multilateralism (Co-chair: Gustavo Martinez- CARI, Argentina); (Members: Abdessalam Jaldi - Policy Center for the New South, Morrocco and Gilberto Rodrigues - UFABC, Brazil):
    The seventh subtopic delves into assessing challenges, identifying opportunities, and formulating strategies to enhance the participation of the Global South in multilateral systems and global governance, fostering a more balanced structure of engagement. 

Through comprehensive discussions on these sub-topics, the T20 Task Force aims to promote reform proposals that can deliver a more effective, inclusive, legitimate and accountable global governance system that advances the goals of sustainable development and fosters stronger multilateral cooperation for the collective well-being of the global community.

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Ilona Szabó
Co-founder and President, Instituto Igarapé
Philani Mthembu
Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)