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Our Global Neighborhood: The Report of the Commission on Global Governance

As we approach the next century, a new world is taking shape. This world presents new dangers, new problems, and new challenges. But it also offers the real hope of creating a safer and more equitable era. The future is now in our hands. Our Global Neighbourhood points a way into the 21st century: it projects a strong world vision that is people-centred; it stresses the need for shared values, a global civic ethic, and enlightened leadership to guide people and nations in the global neighbourhood. It explores the challenges facing humanity and offers considered proposals: to promote the security of people and the planet, to manage the global economy, to reform the United Nations, and to strengthen the rule of law world-wide. The Commission on Global Governance is an independent group of 28 leaders with diverse experience and responsibilities. Their task has been to suggest ways in which our global community could better manage its affairs in a new time in human history. Our Global Neighbourhood is their collective response. Published in the 50th anniversary year of the founding of the United Nations, this book is essential reading about the future of the world and the fate of generations to come.
Our Global Neighborhood: The Report of the Commission on Global Governance
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Coming to terms with the realities of our new global environment, an environment in which human relationships span the globe and interdendencies and interconnections are multiplying exponentially, will be the greatest challenge of the coming century. Our Global Neighborhood takes the first step in tackling the crucial issues standing in the way of the world community's progress on the eve of the twenty-first century. Its far-reaching recommendations stand as the most thorough attempt to ensure peace and progress around the world since the formation of the United Nations.
Conceived by the Commission on Global Governance, this vastly important book represents the collective thinking of twenty-eight eminent international figures from a variety of professional and public affairs backgrounds. Established in 1992 to analyze global changes in recent decades and to suggest ways in which the international community can better cooperate on global issues, the Commission works to capitalize on the myriad opportunities afforded the world community in the wake of the Cold War. Beginning with an analysis of the complex and contradictory effects of globalization and the end of the Cold War, this extensive report outlines the major transformations that have transpired over the last fifty years including the political, economic, military, technological, intellectual, and institutional changes that have so powerfully marked the second half of the twentieth century. In turn, it surveys the major problems, such as ethnic conflict, unemployment, environmental degradation, and extensive population growth, that have emerged from these transformations to confront world leaders.
In itself, the end of the Cold War has far from ended the world's problems. While the threat of nuclear superpower war has receded, the spread of nuclear capability and of biological and chemical weapons poses great dangers. Wars, between states and even more within states (such as the ongoing tragedy of both Yugoslavia and Rwanda), have continued to destroy lives. With this in mind, Our Global Neighborhood addresses the two principle norms that have guided relations among states, both before and after the Cold War: sovereignty and self-determination. It explains why these norms are still important and how they must be adapted to meet the new realities of the emerging global community. Discussing the importance of shared values in a time of transition, it identifies the values that the Commission believes most important, including justice, equity, tolerance, liberty, and nonviolence. And it goes on to call for a new global ethic based on a set of responsibilities and rights that would encourage cooperation and collaboration in a global neighborhood.
As the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations approaches in 1995, the adequacy of our institutions of global governance and the need to strengthen them will increasingly claim the attention of world leaders and citizens alike. The debates prompted by this anniversary lend a poignant timeliness to Our Global Neighborhood as it makes recommendations for changes in international organizations—especially those that are part of the United Nations system—such as revitalizing the General Assembly and reforming the Security Council.
'concisely written and very well presented ... it will remain a solid reference work on the UN and its workings for a long time to come' Times Higher Education Supplement ...the book offers a discussion of respect for life, liberty, justice and equity, mutual respect, caring and integrity. WNY Catholic News Magazine The book is worth a read. Eastern Express Full of sound common sense. Long Range Planning In the number and breadth of issues covered the report is comprehensive. Environmental Politics
Five decades after World War II and in the aftermath of the Cold War, a new world is taking shape. Which path the world takes in the 21st century will depend on the extent to which people and their leaders develop the vision of a better world - and the strategies, the institution and the will to achieve it. Our Global Neighbourhood suggests approaches to the governance of our increasingly interdependent human society. It makes
recommendations to promote the security of people, manage economic interdependence, strengthen international law, and reform the United Nations and other international institutions. It also examines what common values should guide the people, and nations of the `global neighbourhood'. The
Commission on Global Governance was established in 1992 to suggest ways in which the world community could improve cooperation in the post Cold War environment. Our Global Neighbourhood is the collective thinking of the 28 eminent international figures forming the commission, written up to present a clear account to both the general and specialist reader.
'concisely written and very well presented ... it will remain a solid reference work on the UN and its workings for a long time to come'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`...the book offers a discussion of respect for life, liberty, justice and equity, mutual respect, caring and integrity.'
WNY Catholic News Magazine
`The book is worth a read.'
Eastern Express
`Full of sound common sense.'
Long Range Planning
`In the number and breadth of issues covered the report is comprehensive.'
Environmental Politics
Commission on Global Governance, Global Governance Commission
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