Our Common Agenda; High-Level Advisory Board on Global Public Goods

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    Adam Day

    In Our Common Agenda, the Secretary-General issued an ambitious call to identify and review the governance of global public goods (GPGs) and the global commons, both areas of critical 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 report will reflect substantive research into GPGs and will contain concrete recommendations for the Secretary-General and Member States ahead of the 2023 Summit of the Future. The HLAB is led by two former heads of state, and composed of 5-6 other leaders from civil society, the private sector, academia, and other relevant arenas.

    UN University’s Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), upon the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), supports the Common Agenda by acting as the Secretariat for the HLAB between November 2021 and the issuance of the independent report at the end of 2022. This work includes: 

    Substantive research in the areas of GPGs as laid out in the Common Agenda, in support of the HLAB’s work. Questions in this research include how to identify and define GPGs, what governance arrangements might be needed going forward, and other research in the areas of economy, health, outer space, food, and the environment;
    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 (e.g. facilitating contacts between the HLAB and relevant actors within the UN system, limited support for consultations amongst HLAB members).