The report “A Breakthrough for People and the Planet: Effective and Inclusive Global Governance for the Present and the Future,” produced by the independent UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism (HLAB), includes comprehensive and detailed recommendations to strengthen the global architecture for peace and security, reform the international financial system, deliver just green and digital transition, and ensure more equity and fairness in global decision-making. It also argues that gender equality needs to be at the heart of a reinvigorated multilateral architecture along with recommendations to ensure the multilateral system is more networked, more inclusive and more effective.
The High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism (HLAB) was established by the United Nations Secretary-General and builds on Our Common Agenda, his report released in September 2021 that calls for stronger governance of key issues of global concern. The HLAB was asked to build on the ideas in Our Common Agenda and make concrete suggestions for more effective multilateral arrangements across a range of key global issues, ensuring that the interests and needs of women and girls, young people, and future generations were taken into account.
The HLAB is co-chaired by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, and Stefan Löfven, former Prime Minister of Sweden, and is supported by the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR). The Board includes: Xu Bu, President of the China Institute of International Studies; Poonam Ghimire, a climate activist and Next Generation Fellow (2021) with the United Nations Foundation; Jayati Ghosh, a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Donald Kaberuka, Chairman and Managing Partner of SouthBridge, a Pan-African financial advisory and investment firm; Nanjala Nyabola, a writer and researcher based in Nairobi, Kenya; Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a Senior Minister in the Government of Singapore; Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of the New America think tank; Ilona Szabó de Carvalho (Brazil), founder and president of the Igarapé Institute; and Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia and currently president of the Club de Madrid. The United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), an independent UN think tank, served as the Secretariat for the High-Level Advisory Board.
The launch of A Breakthrough for People and Planet is the first stage in a sustained engagement with Member States and the UN system ahead of the Summit of the Future in 2024. The report’s recommendations will be presented at global, regional, and sector-specific forums and disseminated via an information campaign strategically targeting key constituencies and stakeholders over the next 18 months.