Commission Convenes in New York to Finalize Recommendations, Meet UN Member States

(New York) A major report on UN and broader global governance reforms will be released on June 16, 2015 by the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, the Commission announced on 2 April at the conclusion of two days of high-level talks in New York.

Led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, the Commission will offer recommendations on important structural reforms to the United Nations and other global institutions to better address new global challenges posed by conflict–affected states, climate change, and the hyper-connected global economy.

The Commission’s report will be released in The Hague in advance of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary Summit in September.

Integral to the discussions in New York was a second Consultation by Commissioners with UN Member States, Co-Hosted by Ambassador Harald Braun of Germany and Ambassador Antonio Patriota of Brazil and held on April 2 at the German Mission to the United Nations. For a summary of the discussion, please click here.

The Commission also met with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. The New York-based International Peace Institute provided the venue for the Commission’s meeting (IPI is the Secretariat for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism). The Permanent Representative of The Netherlands to the United Nations, Ambassador Karel J.G. van Oosterom, hosted a dinner at his residence in honor of the Commission.

In addition to the Co-Chairs, the Commissioners include Haifa Al Kaylani (Founding Chair of The Arab International Women’s Forum); Celso Amorim (former Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Relations of Brazil); Lloyd Axworthy (former Foreign Minister of Canada); Igor Ivanov (former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation); Yoriko Kawaguchi (former Foreign and Environment Minister of Japan); Jane Holl Lute (former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support); Asha-Rose Migiro (Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Tanzania and former U.N. Deputy Secretary-General); José Antonio Ocampo (former Finance Minister of Colombia and U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs); Shyam Saran(former Foreign Secretary and Chief Climate Change Negotiator of India); Michael Schaefer (BMW Foundation Chairman and former German Ambassador to China); Jozias van Aartsen (former Foreign Minister of The Netherlands and Mayor of The Hague); Erna Witoelar (founder of the Indonesian Environmental Forum and former Minister of Human Settlements and Regional Development); and Wu Jianmin (Executive Vice Chairman of the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy and former Ambassador of China to the United Nations and France).

The Commission on Security, Justice & Governance is a project of The Hague Institute and The Stimson Center. More information on the Commission and their work can be found at:

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