Center for Governance and Sustainability

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Added Leadership

pg. 35: Tantamount to the role played by an important caucus or committee in a national legislature, the G20 should see its purpose as adding leadership and coherence to international economic, social and environmental cooperation, while respecting the role of the UN and specialized international organizations as the legitimately constituted vehicles for decisions affecting the entire membership.

Readers' Guide Comment on “adding leadership and coherence"

All nation-states can be members of the UN. But what are the criteria for selecting those nation-states that have an ‘add[ed] leadership and coherence’ role in international economic, social, and environmental protection? A committee of a national legislature is of course named by the legislature. The current G20 membership was based on meetings of ministers of finance and central bankers 1 that were convened by the then Canadian Minister of Finance and later Prime Minister, Paul Martin. It would look different if this leadership body was elected by the General Assembly.

The G20 structure does continue a crucial aspect of this history. The preparatory meetings of the annual G20 heads of state are still conducted principally by finance ministry staff, who normally place budgetary and economic  concerns ahead of social, labor, human rights, women’s, and environmental matters.

Related Ideas: Three Special Mechanisms; G20: The Global Leaders; Fixes to the G20; Fixes to the UN; Multi-stakeholder governance

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