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17  GOLD MERCURY INTERNATIONAL Global Governance: Towards a New Ethic

Global Environment

UN Conference on Climate Change, Copenhagen

Despite its many shortcomings, 115 world leaders gathered around one issue and engaged in difficult, complex debates. As an event it invigorated civil society and has spurred an energetic debate across the world. NGOs have so far shown the most respect for the multilateral process and it is up to them to show exemplary leadership and force politicians to change.

Global Culture

Civil rights movement

The African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-68) aimed to outlaw racial discrimination against African Americans and restore suffrage in Southern States. Before long, however, it blossomed into a global dialogue incorporating matters of racial dignity, political and economic independence and freedom from oppression, beyond a mere legal focus. Civil society movements came into their own, including the use of boycotts, sitins and many more non-violent activities. Significant political and legal achievements followed.

International Law & Humanitarian Affairs

Establishment of the International Criminal Court

The logical extension of the Nuremberg trials, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (the Tokyo Tribunals), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The ICC was set up to institute international criminal prosecutions for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Trials take place at international level when national countries are unable to. The court provides guarantees of independence and impartiality and a due process of justice.

Global Health

Eradicating Polio

Functional cooperation to eradicate polio took place through the World Health Organisation. It was a coordinated vaccine effort, with support provided from nations who willingly defer decision making, policies and practices to the WHO. Nations came to a consensus on regional and global health policies.

Global Science & Technology

CGIAR- the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research*

CGIAR was established in 1971 and is a strategic alliance incorporating hundreds of government and civil society organisations as well as private businesses. Its mission is to mobilise science for the benefit of the world’s poor. It represents the international community mobilising an international effort, specialising in food supplies and agriculture and putting into practice positive rights.

* CGIAR is a Gold Mercury Award laureate organisation

Global Governance: Towards A New Ethic  

This paper proposes a holistic return to a dialogue of global ethics, values and morality to change behaviour within global leadership and t...