SID Lecture: Social contracts and the global common goods

Second lecture in the series ‘Global Values in a Changing World- Synergy of State and Society in a Globalized World’

Abstract: If the global common goods are a new form of global values, how are we creating instruments for a just and sustainable management of these global common goods? The notion of social contract is relevant because social contracts are based on the reality of inclusiveness: we are living in a real interdependency. That’s different from the human rights and democracy discourse, where international standards have to be implemented in individual states.  How are we creating a global social contract that reflects that interdependency and involves all actors (governments in North and South, multinational companies, global civil society)? Not only governments are relevant for the sustainable management of the global goods: without an active role of companies and their capacity for innovation and the willingness of ordinary people to adopt new sustainable patterns of behavior, a proper management of the global commons will be impossible.

Speaker: Inge Kaul is adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany and advisor to various governmental, multilateral and non-profit organizations on issues of international cooperation finance, public-private partnerships and global-issue diplomacy. She was the first director of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, a position, which she held from 1989 to 1994, and director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies from 1995 to 2005. Inge Kaul is the author of numerous publications on international public economics and finance and the lead editor of Providing Global Public Goods; Managing Globalization (Oxford University Press, New York, 2003) and The New Public Finance; Responding to Global Challenges (Oxford University Press, New York, 2006). Her current research focuses on institutional issues of global public goods provision, especially UN system reform and the future of mutilateralism.

Date: Monday 8 November 2010 / Location: Auditorium, VU University, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam / Time: 18:00h-19:30h / Language: English / Admission: Free

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Thomas Hurkxkens

15 oktober 2010