TF06 Strengthening multilateralism and global governance

Strengthening multilateralism and global governance

TF06 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.

This TF tackles several critical issues through these subtopics, contributing to accelerate progress towards multiple SDGs:

6.1. The G20 role in strengthening multilateralism and UN reform: 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).

  • Shairee Malhotra, ORF - Observer Research Foundation (India)
  • Philipp Schönrock, CEPEI - International Strategic Thinking Centre (Colombia)
  • Stormy Mildner, Aspen Institute (Germany)

6.2. Reform of the World Trade Organization: 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).

  • Valentina Delich, FLACSO - Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Argentina)
  • Richard Ponzio, Stimson Center (United States)
  • Bernice Lee, Chatham House (United Kingdom)
  • Patricia Nasser, CEDEPLAR-UFMG - Center for Development and Regional Planning, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)

6.3. Global health issues and the One Health Approach: 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).

  • Pedro Burger, CRIS-FIOCRUZ, International Relations and Global Health Center, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Brazil)
  • Ilona Kickbusch, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute (Switzerland)
  • Mahlet Kifle Habtemariam, CDC - Centre for Disease Control (Ethiopia)

6.4. New norms and metrics for international development cooperation and confronting global challenges: Identifying and proposing new norms and metrics for international development cooperation flows to better address emerging global challenges (SDG 17). 

  • Sabyasachi Saha, RIS - Research and Information System for Developing Countries (India)
  • Pamla Gopaul, AUDA-NEPAD - African Union Development Agency (Regional)
  • Paulo Luiz Esteves, BPC - BRICS Policy Centre (Brazil)

6.5. The role of non-State actors, NGOs, and subnational units in multilateral governance: 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).

  • Zamiyat Abubakar, Southern Voice (Global)
  • Luara Lopes, Articulação Sul (Brazil)
  • Luiza Duarte, CLACS - Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University (United States)

6.6. Assessing G20 pledges and actions: 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).

  • Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, ERIA - Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (Regional)
  • Dennis Snower, GSI - Global Solutions Initiative (Germany)
  • Narnia Bohler Muller, HSRC - Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)
  • Gladys Teresita Lechini, CERIR - Center for International Relations Studies, National University of Rosario (Argentina)

6.7. The voices of the Global South in global governance and in strengthening multilateralism: This 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.

  • Gustavo Martínez, CARI - Argentine Council for International Relations (Argentina)
  • Abdessalam Jaldi, PCNS - Policy Center for the New South (Morocco)
  • Gilberto Rodrigues, OPEB-UFABC - Observatory of Brazil’s Foreign Policy, Federal University of ABC (Brazil)

By engaging in discussions on these sub-topics, the T20 Brasil TF06 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)


Strengthening multilateralism and global governance
Task Force 6