Brazil: surfing global trends –
Citizens and the future of governance in a polycentric world

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São Paulo, April 27 & 28, 2015

The Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo, in collaboration with the Global Governance Group GG10, hosted an international conference on “Brazil: surfing global trends – Citizens and the Future of Governance in a Polycentric World” on April 27-28, 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The conference featured a selection of top scholars and analysts from around the world analysing the impact of an increasingly polycentric and interconnected world on multilateralism and citizen rights. The conference addressed the tension between inclusion and fragmentation in the fields of human rights, global governance, and the fight against global warming. Detailed attention was given to the analysis of democracy, human rights, trade and to the response of the international community to security crises.

The two-day conference featured contributions from Renato Janine Ribeiro, Mathew Burrows, Álvaro Vasconcelos, Pedro Dallari, Raffaele Marchetti, Flávia Piovesan, Luis Peral, Fábio Bechara, Leandro Piquet, Reginaldo Nasser, Feliciano Guimarães, Vera Thorstensen, Carlos Lopes, Bassma Kodmani, Atila Eralp, Jacques Marcovitch, Gerald Stang, Qian Liwei and Gelson da Fonseca.

Conference sections:

  • Democracy: advances or setbacks?
  • The Polycentric World: Between Multilateralism and Fragmentation
  • Indicators for the Future I: Polycentrism, International Trade and Development
  • Indicators for the Future II: Polycentrism and International Security
  • Indicators for the Future III: Polycentrism and Climate Change
  • Indicators for the Future IV: Participation Requirements for Governance Challenges
  • Indicators for the Future V: Diffusion of Power and Citizen Security
  • New Players for New Global Governance: New Forms of Multilateralism
  • Concluding Debate: Elements of Inclusive Governance in 2030

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 The Challenges of Inclusive Multilateralism

 

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This report from the Global Governance Group 10 analyses a world in transition from unipolarity to polycentrism with a greater multiplicity of actors, from states to civil society organisations, private actors, networks, and regional cooperation groups, playing an important role in shaping the future of citizens around the world. A global middle class is demanding a more effective multilateral system to deal with a number of perceived global challenges but in a polycentric world there are both opportunities for greater effectiveness and a danger of fragmentation. The objective of this GG10 report is to start a process of monitoring the adaptation of international institutions to the new realities of power. To do so, the report looks at how global governance institutions are responding to global challenges, in particular those of political participation and of development with dignity in a context of climate change and scarcity. The report places the citizens and their aspirations at the heart of the analysis and it is with this perspective that we monitor the challenges of security with emphasis on the application of the principle of responsibility to protect.

The major ambition of this Report is to contribute to a more effective and inclusive multilateral system, and this ambition is reflected in the composition of the group…Download full report (PDF)

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