Global Governance – Session Topics

Global Governance: Challenges & Opportunities
A Roundtable & Planning Workshop

Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik – November 22-24, 2018

Questions explored in the Global Governance Roundtable

Session 1: Introduction

Session 2: Catalysts and Drivers for Global Governance – past and future

  • What have been the principal factors driving the evolution of global society over the past century?
  • What are the most likely drivers for the future evolution of global governance?

Session 3: Global Governance and Human Welfare

  • What have been the collective benefits generated by the evolution of global governance?
  • What are the most important lessons that have been learned from the process?
  • What opportunities have been generated by global systems for communication, transportation, exchange of goods and information, economic development, scientific and technological progress, social and personal relationships?
  • What are the potential benefits of enhancing and accelerating its development?
  • What conditions must be met for global governance to enhance human welfare?
  • Why are regional or global governance regimes seen as detrimental to human welfare in some countries, triggering a nationalist backlash?
  • What are the main obstacles to a global governance reform dedicated to human welfare? 

Session 4: Global Governance: Challenges and Necessity

  • Challenges posed by rapid and uneven technological advances, depletion of resources, pollution, political instability, militarization and armed confrontation, migration, unemployment, inequality and multi-culturalism
  • What aspects of human society would be most effectively governed at the global level?

Session 5: Failures, Obstacles, and Unresolved Problems

  • What have been the most serious failures of global governance and the reasons for them?
  • Apparent failures and unresolved problems that obstruct the future development of the global community

Session 6: Role of Academia and Civil Society in the evolution of Global Governance

  • What is the role of academia and civil society in the evolution of global governance and how can it be made more effective?

Session 7: National Sovereignty and Global Governance

  • What is the relationship between the development of the nation state and the global community?
  • What conflicts does it generate and under what conditions can they be reconciled?

Session 8: Role of business & economy in the evolution of Global Governance

  • What is the role of business and economy in the evolution of global governance?
  • How can its positive potentials be more fully harnessed?
  • How can its negative contributions be minimized?

Session 9: Democracy and Global Governance

  • What is the appropriate place for democracy in global governance?
  • To what extent has it been achieved in any fields of governance?
  • How can it be achieved more fully?
  • What are the principle barriers to be overcome?

Session 10 & 11: Small Group Discussions & Report of Discussion Groups Session 12: Global Rule of Law and Universal Human Rights

  • The role of international law in the evolution of global governance
  • The evolution and role of universalized recognized human rights

Session 13: Strategies to enhance & accelerate effective governance of the globe

  • What have been the most successful strategies applied to further progress at the global level?
  • What new or alternative strategies should be applied to achieve these objectives?
  • What strategies can be adopted to more effectively address current threats, bottlenecks, impasses and opposition?

Session 14: Viable pathways for the transition of global society to a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future for all humanity

  • What are the likely benefits and risks of increasing movement toward global governance?
  • What would be the most beneficial ultimate objectives of the evolution of global governance?
  • What are the main barriers to global governance, and how can we overcome them?
  • What are the main strategies and leverage points in different areas of society for achieving global governance (i.e. political, economic, public awareness and empowerment)?

Sessions 15 & 16: Discussion & Conclusions & Recommendations