Advisor on foreign policy, Office of the President of Brazil
The article suggests that the rise of transnational threats and challenges in a post uni-polar has found institutions of global governance to be sorely wanting. Growing environmental threats to planetary survival and growing prosperity in emerging economies together are putting a strain on world leaders’ ability to deal with such issues, as food riots and the worldwide scramble for raw materials. In the face of lack-luster attempts at revamping multilateral decision-making procedures, Brazil has taken the lead in joining other countries to forge specific agenda-driven coalitions to achieve urgently needed change on critical issues such as fair trade, Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips), financing for development and enhanced South-South trade and investments. The arrival on the scene of the G-20, the India, Brazil and South-Africa group (Ibsa), regional summits, enhanced South American integration are described as examples of such ad hoc coalitions of the willing. Special attention is given to exploring the prospects for the G-8 Outreach, providing a widely spread networking platform that helps bring together around a reformed multilateral system the different actors and forces driving globalization.
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