WFM-IGP’s program in International Democratic Governance (IDG) supports inclusive global responses to the rise of transnational governance. The IDG program is based on the understanding that a growing number of global challenges transcend national boundaries and cannot be solved by any government acting alone. Transnational governance structures – with their increasing responsibilities and powers – need better mechanisms for transparency and more accountable leadership.
In response to these challenges, WFM-IGP strives to:
• Increase the transparency and accountability of decision-making in the UN and other international institutions;
• Advocate for more democratic and inclusive systems of governance in transnational mechanisms; and
• Mobilize civil society actors to participate in intergovernmental and transnational institutions.
Through these efforts we hope to help the UN and other international institutions become more effective and deliver better results for people worldwide.
Capitalizing on WFM-IGP’s historic role as a convener of innovative civil society initiatives, the IDG program currently focuses on the following key issues:
- UNPA: The Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) is a global network of parliamentarians and non-governmental organizations advocating citizen's representation at the United Nations. A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) for the first time would give citizen representatives, not only states, a direct and influential role in global policy. The assembly would not replace existing UN bodies but would be an additional means to integrate parliamentarians more effectively into the shaping of globalization. The Campaign’s International Secretariat is led by the Committee for a Democratic UN (KDUN) and based in Berlin.
- Reforming the UN Security Council: WFM-IGP will continue to work in partnership with progressive governments on crucial reform of the UN Security Council, international peacekeeping, and peace enforcement. WFM-IGP participates in meetings of the Accountability, Coherence, and Transparency (ACT) Network – a group of like-minded states proposing to reform the working methods of the Council. There are strong prospects for meaningful progress on some core initiatives, including proposals to limit the use of the veto in cases of mass atrocities. The website ReformtheUN.org provides context for and access to many documents and resources from the UN, governments and civil society on reform efforts, including Security Council reform, establishment of the Human Rights Council and Peacebuilding Commission, strengthening gender equality architecture, and upgrading environmental governance
- NGO Working Group on the Security Council: WFM-IGP serves as the Coordinator of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council, an informal network of organizations that meets regularly with Security Council members and others to provide feedback and input on issues related to peace and security at the UN.
- Post-2015 UN development agenda: The next two years will be critical with regard to the post-2015 UN development agenda which will lead to new Sustainable Development Goals enhancing the Millennium Development Goals by giving a human face to development. WFM-IGP maintains that rule of law and empowering women is a necessary precursor to achieving and sustaining development, and so will aim to ensure the effective incorporation of rule of law and mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s rights in the new framework. This process presents a unique opportunity for civil society to bring its expertise and shape an inclusive, comprehensive and meaningful development framework and WFM-IGP will work closely with its many civil society partners as well as with governments, UN agencies and others in this regard.
- UN Elections: IDG promotes transparent and more accountable elections and appointments through its UNelections Campaign, focusing on international officials and Member State elections to key international bodies. We aim to end political entitlements in leadership appointments, including in the selection of the UN Secretary-General, President of the UN General Assembly and the leadership of international financial institutions.
- UN Women: IDG closely monitors and engages in the work of UN Women and works to build a meaningful and constructive relationship between the agency and civil society in order to galvanize support for women’s equality, gender mainstreaming and women’s rights. As a member of the Gender Equality Architecture Campaign (GEAR), WFM-IGP played a critical role in the campaign that led to the creation of UN Women and will continue to focus on developing this important new institution.
- Together for a Better Peace: The Together for a Better Peace project advocates for improved peacebuilding policy and practice by supporting meaningful engagement between civil society and the UN Peacebuilding Commission. We believe that civil society is a key stakeholder in peacebuilding. Whether as implementing partners in humanitarian and development programs or advocates for human rights and the rule of law, NGOs represent an essential cross-section of society as the primary agents and beneficiaries of peace.