Harris Gleckman Writes on International System Fragmentation
On Monday, September 16th, 2013, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) published an article by the Center’s own senior fellow Dr. Harris Gleckman. Dr. Gleckman is an expert on global governance and has over twenty years of working experience in the United Nations. In his article, Dr. Gleckman addresses the fragmentation of the global governance system and how a UN resolution passed in June, 2013 could provide cohesion.
Dr. Gleckman asserts that a there is a fundamental dysfunction to our ‘multilateral system’ based on states. In addition to all of the states, there are many other important actors on the international level. There are the UN and all of its agencies, powerful restricted membership institutions, regional organizations, sub-regional organizations, international organizations, and more. The dysfunction is that these groups remain too separated from one another, despite often working towards similar goals on similar issues.
But there is hope. Dr. Gleckman notes that UN resolution GA/67/L.723, which was proposed by Chile and eventually adopted last June, works to defragment the functions of the international system. The resolution, though it is soft law, calls for creating a “space for all intergovernmental bodies through the General Assembly and ECOSOC” in which myriad international organizations would engage with one another. If this were to happen, then the United Nations would be better able to act as a communicator and leader in the international system.
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