Established in Brussels in 2013, the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) is a think-and-do tank, serving at the same time as research and ideas-generation centre, discussion forum and advocacy mechanism. FOGGS is a Public Benefit Foundation under Belgian law and is governed by its statutes, as modified in 2018, 2020, and 2021.
The FOGGS founders were inspired by the work of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012), which, among other things, was instrumental in introducing the concept of Sustainable Development Goals. The initial aspiration was for FOGGS to continue the Panel’s work, including in the area of the economy, which had proven particularly sensitive for the Panel to tackle. In 2018 the work of FOGGS was refocused towards putting together a new “Grand Narrative” for globalisation.
A Global Resilience Council as “UN Security Council” For Human Security Issues Like Climate and Pandemics
The world lacks an equivalent body to the UN Security Council with the authority to lead large-scale collective responses to non-military crises that are significantly impacting humanity and planetary stability, including the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the reason that today’s crises cannot be adequately addressed is that the post-World War II global governance system is organized on the basis of agencies specialized by sector / corresponding to national ministries. To address this, the establishment of a “Global Resilience Council” (GRC) is proposed as a mechanism to bring the various multilateral players together, involving also non-state actors, and ensure coherence in responding to the multi-dimensional and interconnected challenges of today. The G7/T7 has long expressed an interest in improving the global governance system. Supporting the proposal for a Global Resilience Council would be an opportunity to initiate a major upgrading of the UN system and signal support for the UN Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda report (September 2021) and its follow-up.