ANBOUND Engaged in The Future of the UN, Policy Advice and Think Tanks: Shaping Our Future Together
Given the truly unprecedented and global nature of the
challenges currently confronting policymakers, the global think tank community is
invited to help address global policy issues while fostering international
cooperation in this important and momentous undertaking. Think tanks from
around the world will come together in the Working Groups to provide innovative
ideas and specific suggestions for the Secretary-General of the United Nations on
how to operationalize the commitments by September 2021.
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) and the
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) have been partnered with
the United Nations (UN) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United
Nations by convening the World's Leading think tanks from around the world on
October 6, 2020 8:30-11AM for a virtual global gathering of think tanks,
policymakers and intergovernmental organizations. Under-Secretary-General,
Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, who acts as Special Adviser to the
Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary joined
this important meeting.
UN75 THINK TANK SUMMIT in 2020 is on The Future
of the UN, Policy Advice and Think Tanks: Shaping Our Future Together.
Over 500 senior executives and scholars from the leading think tanks around
the world participated in this summit which looked at how think tanks can
collaborate with the United Nations in meeting the challenges of our
future. ANBOUND Consulting was also
included in the list of institutions and think tanks participating in the Think
Tanks, Policy Advice and the UN at 75 Event. After that, Chan Kung, founder and chief researcher of ANBOUND, talked his impression on this summit. Think tanks in different countries and economies have their own concerns, hope to express their voices, equity and justice through the United Nations. On the very influential platform of the UN, think tanks are playing increasingly prominent roles. In the future, think tanks will independently more engage in various communication channels across countries in the world. If the cooperation and exchanges between think tanks would be strongly encouraged by the governments of all countries, and truly form a joint force to cope with the common challenges and crises facing human society, think tanks would make huge contributions to the peace and rationality in the world.
To mark the occasion, Dr. Jim McGann, Senior Lecturer and Director of TTCSP collected 75 commemorative quotes from think tank presidents
that speak to the theme of the UN 75th conference.
perspective of public policy and information environment, if the government is
the first channel, news or media would be the second channel, then think tanks
would take the role as the third channel to exert great impacts on social environment.
Think tanks not only play a role in public policy research, but also contribute
to facilitating the improvement of public welfare. In today's world, upholding
morality and justice (or 'daoyi 道义' in Chinese) is considered as a
historical responsibility, a heavy burden with higher risks. Think tanks could
not shirk this responsibility, and it is at least an explicit mission for those
think tanks that are truly independent."
— Chan Kung, Founder and Chief Researcher
In recent years, alongside the wave of anti-globalization
and the rise of new trade protectionism, the function of WTO have been increasingly
marginalized. The Western countries pose to collaborate with regional groups,
which has made the development of emerging economies in obvious lack of
multilateral cooperation mechanisms. The outbreak of the war in the world market
will smash all previous successes in globalization so that the world economy
will stagnate and will even be forced to return to the past. Large amounts of
capital will be used up and empty. All countries will only seek to protect
themselves and shrink into a few small areas. It greatly reduces the existing
space in the world market. The fluctuations in the world financial markets are
unmanageable, and the shadow of the economic crisis will engulf the world.
To avoid such terrible prospects of turmoil, it is
necessary to promote global amalgamation as soon as possible and further on the
basis of globalization so as to well address the various negative issues left
by globalization. In this respect, ANBOUND think tank scholars put forward the
following three suggestions.
1. The United Nations serves as a "super
organization", progressively helping developing countries to improve their
capabilities of public service, overseeing countries to adhere to their
commitments, and increasing the supply of public welfare worldwide.
Noticeably, the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic articulated
the international community who can create concerted efforts and effectively
alleviated the spread of coronavirus shocking various regions and countries.
E.g. the World Health Organization (WHO) and others joining forces called for
urgent coordination. In the future world, the importance of international
organizations will even surpass the nations.
Through the United Nations and its organizations to
collaborate arrangements, the countries across the world will strengthened
constructive dialogue and jointly push forward global integration. The world's
economies have the desire to break through the limitations of small regional
space, extend to global market space, mobilize resources to achieve wide
circulation, and optimize the international industrial division of labor. That
would boost a sustained growth for the world economy and drive capitals to flow
freely and go into virtuous circle. The future government will gradually become
a public institution like a social welfare organization. Taking welfare
distribution into consideration, the world requires such a "super
organization" as the United Nations to play a greater role. This will
ensure that global manufacturing and commercial operations in normal status,
fair and effective market competition, and social wealth accumulation. People
in every country and region enjoy the conditions to obtain public benefits,
including environmental resources, medical and health, social insurance, equal
education, scientific and technological welfare distribution. Ultimately, we
see the peace and security in various fields, improve the quality of human life
and sustainable development.
2. The United Nations should support independent think
tanks from developing countries that would access to the equal opportunities
that could engage in more international affairs and global policy-related
activities, and to guarantee them with the right to provide professional
capabilities in policy formulation. They would effectively cope with all
aspects of injustice, and contribute more wisdom to global governance.
Independent think tank, is non-partisan, non-governmental
organization, with independent funding, objective, and neutral stance. Around
the world, most of think tank researchers are equipped with high-level academic
training. Many of them have worked for the governments so that earned a wealth
of knowledge and experience in mapping out development strategies, proposing
tactics and promoting cooperation. The professional opinions that think tank
scholars speak out are more easily acceptable by the media and the public. As
the voice from a third party, the policy recommendations put forward by think
tanks that are increasingly being highly valued by the governments.
Definitely, the working mechanism in the United Nations
should be continuously designed for innovation that provides an open policy
platform, increase policy dialogues and research interaction amongst think
tanks in different countries, and widely listen to the insights from
non-governmental organizations. The United Nations will convene some research
programs, which could cover a wide range of policy issues, conduct in-depth
research on social issues that arouse high global concerns, share information
and exchange views. Think tank scholars from different countries and
cross-disciplines who can offer recommendations and solutions to resolve those
complicated international issues. Cross-organizational collaboration enabled by
the United Nations will be ongoing beyond geographical limitations and
transcend ideology to think about how to respond to challenges and
difficulties. Policy proposals that collect the professional strength with
different think tanks that would be more practical to carry out. In this way,
the United Nations will upgrade its capability to provide policy guidance and
coordinate actions for those countries in trouble, and to propel the countries
to reach new cooperation consensus on global governance issues.
3. The United Nations should put more efforts to
convening public and private R&D institutions, enterprises, and government
agencies from developing countries that come together for the meetings and
discussions on the formulation of international rules and standards, as well as
global technology-related standards.
Mankind is facing lots of common challenges and risks,
the spread of crises, the raging of viruses, and suffers various threats. In
addition, climate issues, network governance, information security, digital
crimes... One shall realize to avoid the wide spread of negative effects that
demand for all parties to increase trust, share responsibilities, and increase digital
cooperation. The United Nations shall help strengthen information sharing
between regions, maintain global security and stability, and strength the
resilience of all economies.
The United Nations shall be leading to invite the
governments, enterprises, non-profit organizations, civil society, and academia
in developing countries more to participate in global agenda and rulemaking.
Among organizations, enhance information transparency, assist the international
levels to obtain essential and reliable data. In terms of the design of rules
and standards, different groups exchange experiences, lessons, and best
practices with each other, which is conducive to emergency coordination between
countries and prevents the recurrence of crises. Commonly recognized objective
standards can reduce implementation costs, heighten the problem-solving
efficiency, and help achieve the goal of sustainable development. In the
implementation of open procedures, advocate market opening and fair competition.
The United Nations shall be pro-active in offering guidance and training on the
use of standards to professionals from all over the world, encourage the
dissemination of advanced technologies, and create favorable environment and
conditions for poverty eradication.
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