COMMISSION ON GLOBALISATION: 2000 - 2004
The proposal for an international and cross-sectoral Commission on Globalisation grew out of
State of the World Forum 2000, convened September 4-10, 2000 in New York. The conference was a multi-stakeholder “post Seattle” dialogue on globalization and coincided with the
UN Millennium Summit
of Heads of State...
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.
The goal of the Commission was to develop an interconnected web of dynamic partners and projects worldwide, all working in highly diverse ways and in different domains, while
united in the common efforts to create a more humane future for humanity.
The Commission catalyzed, supported and/or assisted in the development of the following projects by various Co-Chairs and Commissioners:
Ethical Globalization Initiative - with Co-Chair Mary Robinson, which resulted in a new organization and collaboration between the
Aspen Institute, Columbia University and the International Council for Human Rights Policy to mainstream the human rights agenda.
NePAD - with Commissioners Gordon Smith and Barry Carin, who worked within the context of the G8 and
NePAD commitments on
African development, and with the support of the
Mott Foundation and the
International Development Research Centre, to establish specific projects fulfilling the
Access - a partnership between
Hewlett Packard, the Hewlett Foundation, Center for Global Development, Klaus Schwab Foundation, Medley Global Advisors and
State of the World Forum, to develop ways to qualify NGO and CBO organizations and work for donors.
International Interfaith Investment Group - with Commissioner Martin Palmer, developed in an active collaboration with
Citigroup, the Mott Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, the Pilkington Trust, and major religious institutions to develop
common socially and environmentally sensitive guidelines for
religious institutional investment.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP NETWORK.
The Co-Chairs and Commissioners were ... dedicated to
collaborative engagement in the constructive
reform of the global system.... By September 2004, the following confirmed their commitment to serve on the Council of Co-Chairs: Mahnaz Afkhami
Minister of Women’s Affairs, Iran (1976 - 1978)
President, Women's Learning Partnership
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada (1996 - 2000)
Director, Liu Centre, University of British Columbia
European Chairman, Trilateral Commission (1975-1992)
University Professor, Columbia University; Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization (2001); External Adviser to the WTO (2001-2002)
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1990)
Chairman, Gorbachev Foundation
President, Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social
...His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal
Executive Director, United Nations Development Fund for Women
President, Inter-American Development Bank
....Maria Livanos Cattaui
Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce
Co-Chairman, The Commission on Global Governance
Director General, International Labour Organization
Chairman, Soros Fund Management
James Gustave Speth
Administrator, UNDP (1993 - 1999)
President, The Brookings Institution
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (1994)
Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations (1995 - 2000)
Chairman, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1984)
...Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children's Defense Fund
Managing Director, Grameen Bank...
How Will Russia's G8 Presidency Affect Africa?
When has Africa become a concern to the G-8 and why?
Africa has been in the center of attention of the G8 for a rather long period, but it has been given more focus in its agenda since 2001, when during a summit meeting in Genoa, Africans presented to the G8 leaders their New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) program aimed at turning the continent into an area of peace and stability and putting it on the path towards sustainable economic growth and development. The program, the first document of its kind developed by Africans themselves, proclaims own responsibility of countries in the region for their development. At the same time, it states the need for the international community to provide maximum assistance to Africa.
G8 leaders hailed the NEPAD program and agreed to support efforts by African countries aimed at dealing with acute problems on the continent. A decision was made to shift to new partnership relations with African states, based on the principle of mutual responsibility: with Africans being responsible for radical economic and democratic restructuring and G8 members providing support for countries showing their readiness to implement reform.
...In pursuance of those accords and with the purpose of promoting the implementation of the NEPAD program, a long-term action plan for Africa was adopted by the G8 during a summit meeting in Kananaskis in 2002, which is to serve as an instrument for the mobilization of wide international efforts in support of own steps made by countries on the continent.
G8/NEPAD POLICY ACTION GROUP
JOHANNESBURG AND PARIS MEETING REPORT
The G8/NEPAD Policy Action Group of the Commission on Globalisation was funded by the C. S. Mott Foundation and the IDRC to undertake a project in Africa. The objectives of the project are to promote the implementation of NEPAD, to engage civil society in so doing and to test the effectiveness of the technique of "mapping". This Project will "map" the decisions, the decision makers, and the steps necessary for implementation of a number of NEPAD related initiatives.
The project was designed by State of the World Forum, the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and the Center for Africa’s International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand, and convened its first gathering at a meeting hosted at the Rockefeller Foundation Conference facility in Bellagio in April, 2002. The Bellagio participants confirmed the imperative of co-sponsorship and leadership by Africans and African organizations. The necessity of African ownership of implementation has been underlined by the continuing strong criticism from civil society concerning the "top down" nature of NEPAD.
....OECD Peer Review/ Mapping Techniques
The next step was a workshop in October sponsored by the OECD Development Center. The "mappers" were briefed on peer review techniques by staff from a number of OECD directorates. Specialists from the International Development Research Centre and the private sector presented state of the art techniques on planning and "mapping" to effect and implement decisions.
The "mappers" have had further coaching in November at sessions held in Mauritius and Johannesburg. They will spend the next two and a half months in composing their "maps" - their detailed strategic "business plans".
The final revision of the maps will be presented to G8 officials for endorsement in time for the next Leaders' meeting in France. They will also be circulated to major donors. In addition, the maps will be promoted at the relevant African organizations and with officials of the relevant governments.
We expect significant support from the various civil society organizations that have been involved in the project
Commission on Globalisation - Policy action Groups
Policy Action Groups are the result of a collaborative effort by a number of Co-Chairs and Commissioners who have come together with the purpose of producing specific reform proposals through a multi-stakeholder process of deliberation.
...G8 NEPAD - with Commissioners Gordon Smith and Barry Carin at The Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada, in partnership with the Center for Africa’s International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand and State of the World Forum, undertook a project funded by the C. S. Mott Foundation and the International Development Research Centre to support the goals of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
....The first phase of the project was developed during the "Emerging Global Challenges" conference at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, April 15-19, 2002 where the project design was finalized. Participants included representatives from donor agencies, noted experts on the various initiatives, and leading African personalities involved with the NEPAD process. Phase II began with a meeting at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002 where a group of 30 individuals selected five initiatives to be mapped (blueprints that map specific approaches, actors, policies, and plans for an African development initiative) from amongst the long list of NEPAD initiatives endorsed in the G8 Action Plan for Africa, along with African individuals to do the "mapping". The five initiatives targeted five sectors of the NEPAD (identified in parentheses after the title of each initiative), and included:
• Establishment of an African Tertiary Institutions HIV/AIDS Consortium (Health);
• Resource Plunder Database (Peace and Security Initiative);
• An African Code of Electoral Norms and Standards (Democracy and Political Governance Initiative);
• Microfund pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Capital Flows Initiative);
• Creation of an Enabling Agency for the Expansion of Multifunctional Platforms in Rural West Africa (Poverty Reduction and Energy Initiatives).
...While NePAD was about Africa helping itself, it was also about creating partnerships with the G8 and other institutions and this project has demonstrated how that might be achieved. The process also offered insights into new approaches to managing globalization. The Centre for Global Studies, for its part, had until recently felt unsure about the outcome of the process.
EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO REALIZE THE NEPAD:
MAPPING THE DECISION PROCESSES TO IMPLEMENT PROJECTS
February 27-28,2003- Addis Adaba, Ethiopia
The Addis Ababa Meeting, hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, took place on Feb 27 – 28, 2003. The meeting was well attended and included representatives from several UN agencies (UNFPA, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, and UNESCO, in addition to UNECA). Representatives from the African Development Bank, and the African Union also attended. Members of the NEPAD Secretariat had to cancel at the last minute; they have been continually supportive, and have asked for a copy of this report and the five project proposals presented in Addis. ...1. Resource Plunder Database
This initiative focused on influencing an administrative decision by the UN Security Council or, as a fallback, the UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs. To connect with the NEPAD principle of being African-led, it was proposed that Angola would introduce the idea during its Security Council presidency in November and that the UN, not the AU, has the mechanism to effect action. Notwithstanding these points, it was suggested to the mapper to explore the means of getting AU, specifically the Conference for Stability, Security, Development and Co-operation in Africa (CSSDCA), and NEPAD Secretariat endorsement of the Database. The risk, as pointed out, may be that any AU endorsement would have to come from the Secretary-General of the AU, or from the political leaders, and this may not be possible to get, at least not within a timely fashion.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING &
BRAINSTORMING SESSION OF THE ETHICAL GLOBALISATION INITIATIVE
YALE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF GLOBALISATION, NEW HAVEN, CT
JANUARY 14 - 15, 2003
On January 14, 2003, the Steering Committee of the Ethical Globalisation Initiative (EGI) convened its second meeting at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalisation. On January 15, the new Director of the Center, Ernesto Zedillo, organized a brainstorming session for the initiative. ....The project will include a special focus on the potential for national human rights capacity building in Africa and will culminate in a three-year strategic plan designed to take forward the policy recommendations and initiatives developed during the project period. The initiative is being supported in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the State of the World Forum and the International Council on Human Rights Policy.
....the initiative is taking as a case study the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) which provides an innovative framework for catalyzing the intellectual resources and technical expertise needed to support civil society, local and national governments and sub-regional and regional networks committed to building capacities to promote and support human rights in Africa. The approach is linking universities, research centers and professional legal bodies in the North with counterparts in individual African countries to strategize together on projects to support capacity building in these countries. ....An exciting initiative has emerged in Africa to support these goals. Government leaders have committed themselves through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to delivering pluralistic States with transparent administrations, effective institutions and sound regulatory frameworks, all underpinned by the rule of law and with an innovative inter-state peer review mechanism.
Vancouver, British Columbia
May 22, 2002....Second Working Meeting of the Water Security Policy Action Group
Critical competing interests for water were discussed, including rural vs urban needs, domestic vs agricultural vs other uses, affordability vs requisite incentives to attract investment capital, and the public good vs commodification of the resource. In tackling any of these challenges, it was agreed that the appropriate unit of analysis to be used in the research would be the "watershed".
...From this process, a funding proposal is being developed to: (1) collect available research on best practices in watershed management; (2) apply these lessons to the study of five selected watersheds in various parts of the world to improve the resource management capability of those areas; and (3) in selected watershed areas, build a coalition of community groups that could work with local governance institutions to insure sustainable management practices are followed.
During June and July, the proposal will be reviewed by specialists from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and a geographically diverse advisory group will be assembled.
Grasping Globalisation Conference: A Canadian National Youth Conference and Youth Declaration on Globalisation:
(Scroll down to title): "Toronto, Ontario, Canada - February 27-March 3, 2002... Kids Can Free the Children, in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency and the State of the World Forum, convened the second in a series of five conferences to engage and empower Canadian Youth in the globalisation debate. Over 50 youth, ages 12-20 years, gathered from across
Canada at the Shadow Lake Retreat Center outside of Toronto....Students made commitments to take local actions in their own communities as a means of working towards a more just and equitable world, and subsequently prepared a Youth Declaration on Globalisation."
State of the worldforum - 2002 Network Update
International Interfaith Investment Group (3IG) Meeting
An exclusive meeting of faith leaders who manage funds for faith
communities, investment specialists, and environmental professionals will
meet in New York at the Council on Foreign Relations on June 18 - 20 to
formally establish 3IG. The conference will move through a series of
presentations and discussions to adopt a formal agreement to establish the
3IG; appoint a Continuing Committee that ARC (Alliance for Religion and
Conservation) and its partnering organizations will service; design the
necessary legal and financial structures; and continue to seek new potential
The final dinner of the conference will feature a musical performance of the
"Circle of Peace," an extraordinary group of Arab, Christian, Muslim and
Jewish performers from Israel and Palestine, assisted by the Israel
It is anticipated that a further meeting in the Fall 2003 or early Spring
2004 will be convened during which the formal legal and financial structures
will be adopted. 3IG is currently being supported by the C.S. Mott
Foundation, Citibank, the Pilkington Foundation with the organizing support
from the World Wildlife Fund and the State of the World Forum.
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G8/NEPAD Special Initiative
The second phase of this project will be to select the NEPAD initiatives
that would most benefit from a strategic mapping exercise....The final phase of the project will be to draft each of the selected
initiatives into a blueprint that maps specific approaches, actors,
policies, and plans. ....The Bellagio conference was supported through grants from the Canadian
International Development Agency, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the
International Development and Research Centre, and the Rockefeller
Commission on Globalisation
Second Annual Meeting
December 4 7, 2002
El Presidente Hotel, Mexico City
Master Schedule of Events
Special Report on G8/NEPAD Special Initiative
Gordon Smith, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada (1994 1997)
Panel Discussion: Faces of the Enemy: Regime Change in Iraq and the Clash of Civilizations
Moderator: James Garrison, President, State of the World Foru
Presenter: Sam Keen, Author, Faces of the Enemy
Participants: Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Iran (1976 1978)
Jonathan Granoff, President, Global Security Institute
Gordon Smith, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada (1994 1997)