I were the next UN General Secretary, I would promote a worldwide system of
solidary taxes orientated to attain the objectives of the millennium and lay
the groundwork for a green world economy
that is sustainable and solidary. Contemporary challenges require a shift
in practices in world economies; I would hence work on educating the youth and unemployed so they can adapt to changes and
be able to fulfill productively the tasks demanded in a fair and healthy system
that is increasingly relying on social cooperation.
2) If I were the next UN General Secretary, I would reinforce the main functions of the institutions, which seem to have been relegated to the background to only favor the interests of a few nations. In this sense, I would also fight corruption within the organization itself that has seen how a few individuals with clearly dubious moral principles get richer everyday while the people around them cannot satisfy their basic needs.
3) If I were the next UN General Secretary, I would improve the intervention capacity of the institutions and countries to precisely avoid disasters such as those of Srebrenica or more recently of Libya.
I believe that subjecting any intervening operation to a rigorous forecasting and an accurate analysis of political, economic and military complexities is primordial to the prevention of any severe failure in the intervention process.
Thus, I would support a more top-down system of international assistance where the strategy and discourse is rethought in order to achieve the genuine objective of improving other people’s lives. It is essential that the resources of donors are not used by authoritarian regimes to further their own interests.
In the case of democracy promotion in authoritarian countries, it is important that the UN acts as a facilitator of democratization that adopts a non-prescriptive approach of humanitarian and democracy aid, an approach that accepts the “other” and supports domestically driven institutions.
As for tensions in the Middle East, the UN needs to foster a less bureaucratic and micromanaged civil society assistance that improves the relations between the main intervening powers of the West and the Arab world and take in better consideration the realities of regional politics.
4) If I were the next UN General Secretary, I would support a more multilateral system of decision making within the main international institutions related to the UN. In fact, organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank are ruled by Europeans and Americans, a very old-fashioned tradition that needs to be reconsidered for the sake of fairer global governance.
Decision making ought to take in better consideration the concerns of the developing world; a more serious inclusion of the BRICS in world discussion would reinforce the image of a UN that seems to be degrading around the world. In fact, some of the models they propose are probably better fit to empower developing or fragile states than what the western framework often suggests.
By reforming the traditional system to a less Westernized perspective of action and policy making, I believe global governance would attain a state of better democracy in this age of globalization.
5) If I were the next UN General Secretary, I’d keep stressing the importance of policy making aiming at decreasing the creation of green gas by industrial activities. An innovation I would support would be the implementation of a carbon tax that benefits those countries that keep their emissions low and strictly charges those that are above the limit.
As Ban Ki Moon once stressed, the Paris Agreement on climate change was an immense step, but it would be a mistake to think the job is done. I would hence control that nations around the world are actually working on this issue, making sure that leading economies set the example, showing the path to less-industrialized nations so they develop their economies in a sustainable way.
6) To finish with, if I were the next UN General Secretary, I would sponsor the implementation of meaningful aid projects similar to the UNICEF Tap Project, which consisted in individuals disconnecting themselves from their smartphones for a certain time in exchange for the supply of clean water to Sub-Saharan countries.