Global Governance and Governance of the Global Commons in the Global Partnership for Development

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* Report: Global governance and governance of the global commons in the global partnership for development beyond 2015. UN System Task Force on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Thematic Think Piece by OHCHR, OHRLLS, UNDESA, UNEP, UNFPA, 2013.



'Following on the outcome of the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations Secretary-General established the UN System Task Team in September 2011 to support UN system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders. The Task Team is led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme and brings together senior experts from over 60 UN entities and international organizations to provide system-wide support to the post-2015 consultation process, including analytical input, expertise and outreach."


From the conclusion:

"To achieve coherence in global governance, all three dimensions of sustainable development – sustainable economic growth, social inclusion and protection of the environment and the global commons – need to be integrated at the global level. The establishment of a high-level political forum2 during UNCSD is an essential step in this direction and serves to mainstream sustainable development into post-2015 processes and the agendas of the United Nations system. At the same time, for the UN to effectively play its role as convener and principal forum for coordination, consideration should also be given to proposals that have been made to enhance coordination, cooperation, coherence and policy-making across the United Nations system.

In a more interdependent world, a more coherent, transparent and representative global governance regime will be critical to achieve sustainable development in all its dimensions – economic, social, and environmental. The global partnership for development can contribute to achieving this vision by integrating global governance targets firmly into the post-2015 development agenda."


  • "Global Commons are framed as natural, global common pool resources needing a beyond-nation-State governance system
  • Good overview about what's at stake at a global level and how UN-Organizations try to approach it.
  • At the level of principles: they put forward the "heritage of human mankind" principle, the precautionary principle, the conservation principle and the common responsability principle."