The Hague-New Delhi Initiative on Global Governance

The Hague Institute for Global Justice and Observer Research Foundation (ORF, New Delhi, India) jointly hosted the second workshop of The Hague Initiative on Global Governance from 21-23 November 2012. As a follow-up of the meeting in The Hague in April 2012, the second workshop mapped out the most pressing points of divergence among developed and emerging states. Central to all debates and actions were, and will be, differences in perceptions and positions that currently prevent meaningful consensus on the most important global issues. Knowledge based and action oriented, that is the motto of this three-year process. Moreover, The Hague-New Delhi Initiative on Global Governance will continue to bring voices and perspectives from the old and new stakeholders to the table.

In Delhi, 25 scholars, policy-makers, political commentators, and advisors from all BRICS countries as well as from Turkey, Colombia, the US and the EU, came together to take the initiative further. On day 1, papers were shared and discussed. On day 2, core issues on which to jointly research and discuss in the coming months were identified.

The next meeting will again be held in The Hague in May 2013. It will combine research with outreach. The larger inventory of most pressing different interests will be a core theme. Additionally, expert sessions on two more specific topics will be Governance of the Ocean and of the Future Financial System. The larger policy-making community will be invited to participate in some of the discussions or to comment on recommendations of the initiative.

During day 1, deliberations revolved around three paper presentations. John C. Hulsman provoked a lively debate on the difficult issue of burden/ power-sharing in the context of global governance. Sun Jisheng presented a paper of her colleague Qin Yaqing, stressing the importance of relational governance as a means of negotiating stakeholder interests with partnerships in the international arena in mind. Francis A. Kornegay highlighted the dilemma of political sovereignty of the nation state today being diluted by both, the dynamics of economic globalization and the diffusion of power to supra-national entities, which however, increasingly and seemingly lack legitimacy but sometimes bring better solutions than many different individual states.

During day 2, the joint effort of defining a future mission statement – to be equally understood and shared by its participants – was embarked upon. Agreement of topical areas for future joint research and exchanges was threefold. First, mapping out persistent structural, ideological and perceptional deficiencies and flaws in the current global governance system. Second, Governance of the Ocean. Last, Governance of the Future Financial System.

Apart from The Hague Institute for Global Justice and ORF, the initiative has been supported by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations Clingendael.

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