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18  GOLD MERCURY INTERNATIONAL Global Governance: Towards a New Ethic

Concluding remarks If we are to face economic, political or social uncertainty this century, at least let us be morally clear. We may have temporarily lost the ability to question our present with vigour, but we will not lose the will to offer best-practice, morally sound and sustainable alternatives for the future through an engaged anticipatory and sustainable global governance. We have to imagine change not just in our lives today, but imagine it for the next generation. Of course, there will remain great disagreement about the social function of global governance institutions, especially at a time when nation states are being put under severe pressure. It should be remembered, however, that governance is still carried out by individuals, even when they are part of global organisations. This is why it is important to focus on tangible principles and codes of behaviour. This article argues that global governance complexity should be underpinned by a global ethic, especially when we frame it in terms of a global responsibility. The leaders of today and tomorrow need to participate in strategic exercises of morally informed judgements in a world where agendas will conflict more, not less. Every decision now has multiple layers of power and impact. Leaders have to ask themselves again and again, what is the most sustainable decision we can make in the world today? Going beyond an expression of ideal values, we need to show that best practices and the acts of visionary leaders need application, criticism, modification and reapplication. Central to this project is a critical and communicative global civil society and global institutions that are willing to listen and engage. With new norms of behavior, more legitimate global institutions might arise, helping to reinforce the duties of the nation state. We cannot avoid moral considerations if we take the new responsibilities posed by globalisation seriously. As our world is becoming more and more interdependent we need to realise that we all share a common fate and that a global ethic is indispensable to address future global governance challenges.

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...