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15 July 2015
Washington, DC Launch of the Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice, and Governance

On July 9, the Stimson Center held an event to mark the release of the most recent report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance.   The esteemed former U.S. Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine K Albright, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Assistant-Secretary-General for the UN Department of Field Support and for the Peacebuilding Support Office, Jane Holl Lute came together to introduce and discuss the new vision for security offered in the report.  
 

                              Executive Director Paula Boland and former Sec. of State Madeline AlbrightUNA-NCA's Executive Director Paula Boland (left) and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright (right)
 

The world is facing new challenges, which undermine human security, human development, and human rights and exceed the operational and political capacities of global governance institutions created in the mid-twentieth century.  Mass violence in fragile states, growing climate change, and the threat of cyber-attacks cannot be easily resolved by any one country. The report suggests heightened networks of support and creative solutions are necessary to tackle these issues.  
 
Ambassador Albright said, “The recommendations of the commission are intended, in this 70th anniversary year of the United Nations to encourage what Professor Gambari and I have been calling a 'road map' for a broad based policy dialogue at an institutional reform agenda aimed at 2020… We have to take this road map out of the glove compartment and we need to invite potential partners from around the world, governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, media, and international organizations to help build and sustain a coalition for progressive global change in pursuit of a vision of justice and security for all.”
 
In addition, the commission recommends non-traditional engagement with the UN Security Council, establishment of a UN Peacebuilding Council, better use of the International Court of Justice, and the launch of the UN Parliamentary Network.  These steps have the potential to result in effective UN reform and greatly increase global impact.  
 
It is important now more than ever that these adjustments be made with justice and security in mind.  A new direction for ethics and governance will provide the global community the momentum necessary in order to thrive and overcome these urgent challenges.  
 
Read the full report here.  
Stimson Center coverage and a full video of the event may be found online.