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From the Afterword, via definitely the right Honourable Paul Martin

"[e]ven if just a partial transition to multi-polarity happens, we are facing an important institutional problem, simply because for the instant there is not any potent framework in which this broader distribution of energy could be contained, controlled and mobilized for the typical reliable of humankind. this is often the basic this is why the L-20 is needed—we want a physique which may shape the consensus required to deal on a well timed foundation with problems with every kind that experience international repercussions."

This account of the 'L-20 venture' describes and analyses a 3-year mobilization designed instead to the political deadlocks combating development on serious international matters. The L-20 would come with leaders from the prevailing G-countries, augmented through key neighborhood powers similar to China, Brazil, India, South Africa and Egypt. The ebook lines the origins and findings of the undertaking, which generated a extensive array of state of the art examine and over twenty noticeable, action-oriented workshops regarding hundreds and hundreds of specialists and practitioners world wide. The workshop sequence tested intimately the operational chances for a Leaders workforce addressing various matters, together with infectious ailment regulate, weather change/global warming, power defense, nuclear proliferation, administration of overseas monetary crises, and the supply of secure ingesting water and sanitation, to call quite a few. within the context of a speedily globalizing global, the ebook addresses the classical difficulties of foreign governance – How will we hinder struggle? How will we feed the hungry? How will we condo the homeless? How can we medication the ill and shield the fit? that includes a Foreword through Dr. Gordon Smith, an Afterword through the suitable Honourable Paul Martin, former best Minister of Canada, and a word list of phrases, Globalization and Summit Reform presents a special, insiders’ viewpoint at the technique of overseas governance and its destiny prospects.

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12 Brussels. 13 Geneva. 14 Berlin. 15 Stanford. 32 16 Globalization and Summit Reform Victoria. Although fisheries would not seem an obvious candidate for action by leaders, Paul Martin reported that in the course of talking to counterparts about the L-20 concept, he found that every single leader thought fisheries issues were important. He suggested that this was another way in which the world looked different to leaders than to Ministers or officials. Paul Martin personal interview, August 30, 2006.

One major achievement from a Canadian perspective was the acceptance of the “responsibility to protect”, a concept which Canada has played a key role in developing and promoting. So the UN survived to fight another day, but disappointment was in the air, and the mechanics of global decision-making seemed as ineffectual as ever. Following up from discussion at the stocktaking meeting, two more workshops were held in May 2005 – one on pandemics (Geneva) and the other on fragile states (Berlin). The pandemics workshop built on the earlier infectious diseases workshop in November 2004, and participants were categorical in their conclusions.

This is a wartime national security strategy required by the grave challenge we face – the rise of terrorism fueled by an aggressive ideology of hatred and murder, fully revealed to the American people on September 11, 2001. 5 This was the American perspective of which project participants had to take account in their consideration of a potential US response to proposals for an L-20. The initial debate in workshops revolved around the question of whether full US participation was needed if the L-20 notion was to succeed.

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