Imperfect, But Essential

Stefano Prato on the limits and possibilities of the United Nations at 75

“The democratization of global economic governance also requires a closer bridging of the democratic and bureaucratic deficits exposed by governmental representation by providing active and substantive civil society engagement at all levels. In this context, large segments of civil society, catalysed by the Civil Society Financing for Development (FfD) Group (the inclusive mechanism that engages civil society constituencies and social groups in the FfD process), have been calling for an Economic Reconstruction and Systemic Reforms Summit under the aegis of the United Nations, to discuss and negotiate a new global economic consensus that could alter the trajectory of the current extractive and destructive pattern of globalization and re-centre human rights, social and gender justice, and ecological sustainability.