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In this section you will find articles, treaties, organizations, institutes and committees that pertain to the four pillar areas of Global Governance Watch®. Some provide primary source information for areas of interest. Some aim to further define and provide commentary on these emerging concepts. This list will be updated regularly as new resources become available.



How the Millennium Development Goals are Unfair to Africa

by William Easterly

Those involved in the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) campaign routinely state “Africa will miss all the MDGs.” This paper argues that a series of arbitrary choices made in defining “success” or “failure” as achieving numerical targets for the Millennium Development Goals made attainment of the MDGs less likely in Africa than in other regions even when its progress was in line with the historical or contemporary experience of other regions. The statement that, “Africa will miss all the MDGs” thus paints an unfairly bleak portrait of Africa.   


Senators Criticize U.N. Program in North Korea, but Question Set of Accusations

by Warren Hoge

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Environment & Health


Global Governance vs. the Liberal Democratic Nation-State: What Is the Best Regime?

by John Fonte

In the 21st century the forces of global governance will directly challenge the liberal democratic nation-state in general and American constitutionalism in particular. What are the institutions and ideas of global governance and how do they threaten American constitutional democracy? What role do the European Union, radical Islam, international law, national identity, global immigration, and American philanthropy play in the coming battle between global governance and the constitutional state? How has the mainstream American left come to internalize the core arguments of global governance ("transnational progressivism") and redefined them as "American leadership?" What has been the response of the mainstream American right? How have the views of Francis Fukuyama, Robert Kagan, Samuel Huntington, John Bolton, and the Wall Street Journal influenced the mainstream right's response to transnational progressivism? What is at stake and what is to be done? These questions are examined in this essay.


Patently Obvious

by Philip Stevens, Paul Howard

Published in The American, this article criticizes the World Health Organization's Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (IGWG), which proposes weakening the international pharmaceutical patent system, as "counter-productive." According to the authors, IGWG's proposals would politicize R&D efforts, create an inefficient and ineffective R&D system, and disincentivize pharmaceutical companies from researching innovative new drugs.

Human Rights


Voting Practices in the United Nations, 2008

by U.S. Department of State

The 26th annual Report to the U.S. Congress on Voting Practices at the United Nations.


The 2008 Humanitarian Accountability Report

by Humanitarian Accountability Partnership

"The Report opens with John Borton's, An Overview of Humanitarian Accountability in 2008, highlighting the principle developments and accountability trends across the humanitarian sector throughout the year.  The chapter provides an insightful review of the events and challenges in 2008 while drawing some overall conclusions on progress being made in the area of accountability. It concludes with a sense of optimism that the humanitarian system is moving in the right direction, towards HAP's vision of a humanitarian system championing the rights and the dignity of disaster survivors."