High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism
(HLAB) releases report

A Breakthrough for People and the Planet:

Effective and Inclusive Global Governance for the Present
and the Future

Strengthening and democratizing the multilateral system is not only critical but imperative in tackling the complex and evolving challenges of our time and those yet to come.”

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.


Rebuild Trust in Multilateralism

Improve Legitimacy and Effectiveness Through Inclusion and Accountability


Planet and People

Regain Balance with Nature and Provide Clean Energy for All


Global Finance

Ensure Sustainable Finance that Delivers for All


Digital and Data Governance

Support a Just Digital Transition that Unlocks the Value of Data and Protects Against Digital Harms


Peace and Prevention

Empower Equitable, Effective Collective Security Arrangements


Anticipatory Action

Strengthen Governance for Current and Emerging Transnational Risks

About the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism (HLAB)

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.

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Comprised of input from academics, youth, civil society and led by the executive office of the United Nations Secretary-General, Our Common Agenda identifies 12 areas in need of strengthened multilateralism.

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