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Monday, 07 June 2010 00:00

Leadership and the Global Governance Agenda: Three Voices

Written by Alexandroff, Alan, David Shorr and Wang Zaibang

Download the publication here, from the G20 Information Centre at the University of Toronto.


Three leading global think tanks – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Canada, The Stanley Foundation in the United States and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) in the People’s Republic of China – joined together in 2009 to examine the many challenges facing global governance leadership in the rapidly evolving context of “messy multilateralism.”

In recent years the three institutions, working independently, have conducted significant research on leadership in global governance. With back-to-back leaders’ summits announced for Canada in June 2010 – the G8 in Muskoka, followed by the G20 in Toronto – the three institutions decided to collaborate in several conferences probing key topics in this field. With the snows of Beijing as a backdrop, the first meeting was hosted by CICIR at its Beijing campus in November 2009.

Some 30 experts convened from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. With the Muskoka and Toronto summits fast approaching, a second experts’ gathering will take place in Toronto, hosted by CIGI, on June 10-12, 2010.

The agendas of these meetings tell the tale of an evolving global governance system and the demanding policy challenges that global leaders face. Topics at the November meeting included, for example, the evolving architecture of global governance; the current state and development of China-US relations; an examination of global financial reform and the G20’s record in meeting commitments enunciated at the 2008-2009 summits; security matters and China’s relations with a growing list of countries. At the Toronto meeting the 40 or so participants will review the state of contemporary global governance and assess the prospects for collaboration among the major powers on such critical issues as global financial and economic reform, global institutional reform, climate change and energy, and selected security matters. Shared US-China leadership has been a central theme of the partners’ discussions. By including experts from Brazil, India and other parts of Asia, organizers also intend to explore the prospects for even wider leadership of global governance.

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