Identifying world’s most pressing governance challenges

On Wednesday, 7 March, DESA organized a special panel discussion for ECOSOC with the title “ECOSOC and Global Governance”.

The panel was chaired by the President of ECOSOC, Ambassador Miloš Koterec of Slovakia, and moderated by Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala. The panel was composed of Ambassador Albert Chua of Singapore; Mr. Roberto Marino, Special Representative of Mexico to the G20; and Mr. José Antonio Ocampo of Columbia University.

The objective of this event was to identify the world’s most pressing global governance challenges and examine how the United Nations ― and ECOSOC in particular ― can better meet them. The panelists addressed three main issues:

1) Improving the UN’s leadership and effectiveness in sustainable development governance;

2) Improving coordination between ECOSOC and the UN with the G20; and

3) the role of ECOSOC in global financial and economic governance and improving the UN’s leadership on global governance challenges.

Seventeen delegations made interventions from the floor. Both panellists and delegates engaged in a very active and frank discussion. For example, Ambassador Chua was highly critical of the current working methods of ECOSOC and also proposed that the membership of ECOSOC be restructured to improve its geographical representation. Mr. Marino expressed the intent of the Mexican Presidency of the G20 to work closely with ECOSOC and the UN, and stated that the G20 under Mexico’s leadership would be open, inclusive and transparent. Mr. Ocampo questioned the legitimacy of the G20 and stated that the G20 should identify what is missing in global governance and then be dismantled.

For more information:
The concept note for this event

OESC/DESA is preparing an informal President’s summary of the event, which will be posted on the ECOSOC website.