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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds So what is global governance? We don’t have a global government. We do have, however, challenges that humanity has to come together to find solutions for. So throughout history, humanity has sat down and established multilateral institutions, international regimes, and other forms of collaboration to enhance cooperation and to avoid anarchy. To avoid chaos. However, when we consider these structures in place, even if the member states are the primordial actors, they’re not the only ones. Next to it we have the NGOs, we have private sector, we have the international organisations playing a more autonomous role. And all of us have to come together to find solutions to these challenges.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds And it’s extremely important to understand all of these things coming together in order to understand the global architecture. So when we talk about global governance, the danger for me is always that it could be anything or nothing at all. But in the end, what it comes down to is these are problems of global reach. And the solutions to these problems will be found not by a single state, by a single organisation, but they involve many different actors, many different solutions. And so it’s a very concerted effort that will be needed to go and solve these problems of global governance. I think the biggest problems that we have, we have an international system that reaches its limits.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds And for example, one of the biggest challenges that we will have is financing global governance. Where does the money come from? And that, to me, is a big question that we need to answer. We’re also seeing that Non-european a non-American are going to be much more important. So the global south and its role for me is a big question. Because right now, they have a small place at the table if they have a place at all. And that also is another problem, I think, as we see in the developing world, but also other parts of the world. We see more and more regional organisations.

Skip to 2 minutes and 15 seconds And these regional organisations are playing an important role in bringing actors together, bringing civil society in, but it raises a big question of what is their role in global governance in tackling all of these problems?

Views from some students

To kick-off our discussions, let’s listen to the voices of two students from the Graduate Institute in International and Development Studies in Geneva.

We asked them to answer our big question this week : what is global governance and what are the next challenges ?

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Acronyms used in the video:

  • NGO: non-governmental organisation

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