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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 15

Posts Tagged ‘Global Governance’

CIGI founding member of Council of Councils, linking world’s leading foreign policy institutes

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 marzo 2012

Waterloo, Canada The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is proud to announce its membership in the inaugural Council of Councils . Launched today in Washington, D.C., by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) , the Council of Councils is an international initiative to connect leading foreign policy institutes from around the world in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The mission of the Council of Councils is to find common ground on shared threats, build support for innovative ideas, and inject remedies into the public debate and policymaking processes of member countries. The founding membership of the Council of Councils includes leading institutions from nineteen countries, roughly tracking the composition of the Group of Twenty (G20). The network will facilitate candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus building among influential opinion leaders from established and emerging nations. CIGI is the Council of Councils’ sole Canadian member organization. CFR will convene the inaugural Council of Councils conference on March 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Participants will tackle four major themes at this first gathering:
the overall state of global governance and multilateral cooperation
the status of the nuclear nonproliferation regime (with a focus on Iran)
the U.S. dollar’s future as the world’s reserve currency the criteria for humanitarian intervention, in the wake of regime change in Libya and the ongoing crisis in Syria Transcripts from two on-the-record sessions of the conference, featuring President of the World Bank Robert B. Zoellick and Undersecretary of State Robert D. Hormats, will be available on after the event.
In addition to an annual conference, the Council of Councils will provide an ongoing exchange for research and policy collaboration among its members. CFR and its international partners will experiment with new technology, using state-of-the-art videoconferencing, wikis, and mobile platforms to collectively communicate and respond to breaking crises. The group will also consider long-term structural reforms that would enhance the global governance capacity of leading international institutions. To see the full list of founding Council of Councils member organizations, visit
“Innovative governance approaches to global challenges underlie CIGI’s mission,” said CIGI Executive Director Thomas A. Bernes. “The new Council of Councils is a further step in working with our global partners to search out the best policy advice and amplify its delivery to policy makers.” CFR President Richard N. Haass said, “The defining foreign policy challenges of the twenty-first century are global in nature. The Council of Councils draws on the best thinking from around the world to assess emerging threats and opportunities and formulate responses to them.”The Council of Councils initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, as part of its ongoing support for CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance program.

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Fresh opinions on global governance featured in second season of Inside the Issues

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 ottobre 2011

Centre for International Governance Innovation

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Waterloo, canada Looking for innovative perspectives on the most pressing challenges facing the international community? Inside the Issues, presented by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is back for its second season of weekly interactive podcasts, providing insightful analysis on topics from across the spectrum of global governance. Available on the CIGI YouTube channel, CIGI’s iTunes video and audio feeds, and, the first Inside the Issues episode of the 2011-12 season features CIGI Senior Fellow Mark Sedra discussing Afghanistan: After the International Community Departs. As an Afghan security expert, Sedra paints a grim picture of the prospects for peace in the country by explaining that a return to civil conflict between a rejuvenated Northern Alliance and the Taliban is the most likely situation post-2014. Building on the success of its inaugural season, which drew over 2,400 viewers, this year’s episodes will feature new and returning guests in conversation with host David Welch, CIGI Chair in Global Security and Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Season two of Inside the Issues, which is recorded in the CIGI broadcast studio, is slated to include prominent guests from foreign governments and non-governmental experts from around the world.

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“Humanitarianism and Good Global Governance”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 settembre 2011

Nobel Peace Prize 2008, Martti Ahtisaari

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:00-9 p.m. The Centre for International Governance Innovation 57 Erb St. West, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will kick off its Signature Lecture Series season with a live-webcast keynote by Dr. James Orbinski on “Humanitarianism and Good Global Governance.” “Governance is a messy, uncertain business,” the Nobel Peace Prize recipient wrote in 2007. Orbinski, who is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross, has spent much of his career in the field as a physician. His discussion will look at global governance structures and humanitarianism’s impact in shaping the world. Orbinski worked with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in numerous countries, including Zaire in 1996-97 during the refugee crisis. He was in Somalia during the civil war of 1992-93, and was in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. In 1999, he launched MSF’s Access to Essential Medicines Campaign and in the same year accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF for its pioneering approach to medical humanitarianism. In addition to having led MSF, Orbinski is the author of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action In The Twenty-first Century and is the subject of the feature film Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma. Orbinski is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and co-founder of Dignitas International.
Following his address, Orbinski will be joined in conversation on stage by Dr. David Welch, director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Orbinski received his MD degree in 1990 and MA in International Relations in 1998, and is also board chair of War Child Canada.
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