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Global Governance and Development$
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José Antonio Ocampo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785941.001.0001

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Global Public Goods and the United Nations

Global Public Goods and the United Nations

(p.32) Chapter 2 Global Public Goods and the United Nations
Global Governance and Development

Inge Kaul

Donald Blondin

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses contemporary global challenges and the governance requirements posed by their public good nature. Solutions to these challenges largely remain mired in political stalemate or inefficient governance arrangements. Accordingly, the governance functions needed for more effective responses are identified in the first section of this chapter. Section 2 then contrasts these requirements with practice, identifying a rising, yet limited number of primarily national and regional responses, often led by non-state actors. A “sovereignty paradox” is inhibiting globally coordinated policy responses. Section 3 aims to unlock that paradox by identifying the necessary next steps: forging consensus on a sovereignty-compatible rationale for fair international cooperation and enhancing the UN’s global issue focus to bring coherence to the global public domain.

Keywords:   Global Public Goods, United Nations (UN), Global Governance, United Nations Reform, Sovereignty, International cooperation

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