Humanity faces a growing range of problems – from the wars in Syria, Ukraine, and the Congo, to the continued violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, to the less visible dangers posed by climate change, cross-border economic shocks, cyber-insecurity, and population shifts – that require urgent attention. To an alarming degree, however, preventing conflict and providing human security often exceed the operational and political capacities of global governance institutions, a largely piecemeal architecture built in the wake of World War II.
Moreover, when that architecture was built, the Earth held fewer than 2.5 billion human beings, grown to six billion when nations set the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2000, to be eight billion before the successor Sustainable Development Goals run their course in 2030. These growing numbers will seek the benefits of knowledge, political stability, and economic growth, which are increasingly vital yet remain unevenly shared. These disparities are likely to grow ever more acute in the face of present global institutions’ inability to offer effective and innovative solutions attentive to both security and justice.
Against this backdrop, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance focuses on the interplay of security and justice as critical to understanding and addressing common global threats that require collaborative action at all levels of governance. The Commission is co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari, and includes as members a select group of eminent statespersons and intellectuals from around the world. The Commission is jointly supported by The Hague Institute for Global Justice (The Hague, The Netherlands) and The Stimson Center (Washington D.C., USA).
The Commission’s chief goal is to develop a distinct set of global policy and institutional reform recommendations for release in June 2015, in advance of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary Summit. Innovations presented will stem from research by leading experts and a series of informed, international multi-stakeholder consultations.”
Its report, designed to start a conversation in the tradition of the 1995 Commission on Global Governance and the 2004 High‐Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change, will consider new frameworks for collective action on critical issues such as state fragility, the effects of climate change on peoples’ lives and livelihoods, and the cyber‐economy.
The Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance aims to initiate and sustain a policy dialogue on innovations towards a global governance architecture commensurate with today’s transnational challenges. It seeks to complement the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the intergovernmental Fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace in The Hague (April 2015), the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (June 2015), the recommendations of the UN Peacebuilding Commission 10-Year Review (October 2015), and the UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris (December 2015).
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.
The Hague Institute for Global Justice, or simply The Hague Institute, was established in 2011 by the city of The Hague, key Hague-based organizations and with support from the Dutch government. Located in the city that has been a symbol of peace and justice for over a century, The Hague Institute is positioned uniquely to address issues at the intersection of peace, security and justice.
The Stimson Center
The Stimson Center is a non-proﬁt and nonpartisan think tank that finds pragmatic solutions to global security challenges. In 2014, Stimson celebrates 25 years of pragmatic research and policy analysis to reduce nuclear, environmental and other transnational threats to global, regional, and national security; enhance policymakers’ and public understanding of the changing global security agenda; engage civil society and industry in problem-solving to help fill gaps in existing governance structures; and strengthen institutions and processes for a more peaceful world.
The MacArthur Foundation recognized Stimson in 2013 with its “institutional genius” Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.