UN: Give Emerging Economies Increased Role in Global Governance

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 13, 2012

Above: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro (UN Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The international community should give emerging economies a greater role in global governance mechanisms, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.

“We need to ensure both greater synergies among, as well as participation of, all stakeholders,” she said. “We need to work together to make our institutions more effective, fair and accountable. The name of the game is ‘delivering for the people.'”

According to Migiro, the gap between “old structures and new realities” was causing divergences among groups of countries at differing stages of development.

Migiro was speaking at the Helsinki Process+10 Conference in Finland.

“The United Nations can bring together different players from around the world,” she said. “We can link them to both formal and informal negotiations on the most important issues of our day.”

Emerging economies like those in the Caribbean have managed to increase their influence on the global stage in recent years, particularly at the Durban Climate Conference this summer, where UK Special Representative for Climate Change John Ashton said the voice of the Caribbean largely saved the summit.

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