Are we approaching a situation in which the need for change, and the magnitude of the obstacles to change, challenge the very way we govern our societies?
Despite the progress in human prosperity over the last 30 years, the tide is now turning dramatically. We face several interconnected emergencies. The climate, nature, food, energy, inequality, poverty, and health crises are near universal phenomena. The violation of the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine has brought massive human suffering in Ukraine and has added another layer of devastating knock-on crises for many people around the world.
This is happening at a time when people across the planet are concerned about their future. An astounding six out of seven people are anxious about their security. But how does this affect their behaviour? In the face of political manipulation and polarisation, discrimination, injustice, and inequality this may breed an aversity to the change needed to resolve the crises. And that too in a time when we need nothing less than transformational change.
This combination of obstacles to change - and the need for transformation to confront the crises – constitute a governance and leadership test of momentous proportions. If we do not find pathways to swift and legitimate action, we will face a crisis of crises: a crisis of governance.
UNDP Oslo Governance Centre is convening a one-day global hybrid conference to share new research and insights on these topics - and together with you, begin to answer some of the critical questions:
1. What is needed to overcome the scourge of information pollution and the consequent erosion of trust in governance systems and democracy?
2. Are the overlapping economic, environmental and Covid-19 crises leading to a crisis of governance? What are the pathways out of these multiple crises?
3. Why should we invest in inclusive, accountable and effective governance when there are multiple crises demanding urgent attention?