In Our Common Agenda, the Secretary-General issued an ambitious call to improve international cooperation through effective multilateralism. A central objective of effective multilateralism is strengthening governance arrangements that can deliver global public goods (GPGs), a critical issue of international concern. He announced the formation of a High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) which will be tasked with developing an independent report in support of this objective.
The HLAB report carried out substantive research into effective multilateralism and developed bold and concrete recommendations for the Secretary-General and Member States ahead of the 2024 Summit of the Future. The HLAB was led by a former Head of State and a former Head of Government and was composed of other leaders from civil society, the private sector, academia, and other relevant arenas.
UNU-CPR, upon the request and working closely with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, acted as the Secretariat for the High-Level Advisory Board. This support included:
- Substantive research in the areas of effective multilateralism and the governance of global public goods as laid out in Our Common Agenda, in support of the HLAB’s work;
- Drafting of the independent report of the HLAB, including the recommendations for the Summit of the Future;
- Administrative and logistical support to the HLAB’s work on the independent report.