The Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape – Remodelling Global Cooperation “is the biggest competition of its kind, seeking improved frameworks of global governance of global catastrophic risks. It was open for submissions from November 2016 to September 2017. The competition received 2,702 entries from 122 countries, and is currently in the assessment stage.” Cristián Gimenez Corte, member of the ACUNS Board of Directors, reached the semi-finalist stage for his entry “Shake It Up: The Case for Reforming the United Nations (A Real Global Governance Model)”. The entry is available in the New Shape Library.

“The object of the present Global Governance Model Project is to reform and improve the United Nations System.

This Project proposes to reform five specific areas of the UN, including: 1. Management, 2. Financing, 3. Human Resources, 3. Accountability, and 5. Legitimacy. The Project puts forward that in these areas, it is politically and economically feasible to achieve an actual change that will improve the current global governance structure.

Accordingly, this is not an idealistic or revolutionary Project, proposing a completely new form of global governance. Rather, it is a reform proposal. The Project proposes to take the current global governance model embodied in the United Nations system as it currently stands and, maintaining those aspects which do work and changing what is not working.

Consequently, I would like to propose a feasible model of global governance. A model that could actually be developed and implemented taking into account the current state of global affairs, as well as the limitations, challenges, and opposition that a change proposal will surely encounter; and I would like to propose a model that takes into consideration the actual politic, economic, and bureaucratic interests that may play in favor or against the push for change in the global governance structure.

Why is reforming the United Nations so important? The world is currently facing major transnational problems and challenges that can only be solved through transnational tools and approaches. The UN comes immediately to mind as the global institution that may be able to solve these problems. However, as we can see every day in the front pages of any newspaper, the UN seems not to be up to the task. And yet, we need a global institution able and willing to face those challenges.”

About the Author
Cristián Gimenez Corte
I am an Argentine citizen and obtained my law degree from the School of Law of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, in 1993. Since then, I have tried to develop my career both as a practitioner and as a scholar.

I am now working as a practicing lawyer and consultant in my law firm in Argentina. Before, I have worked as legal counsel at the International Narcotics Control Board, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, in Vienna; and in the UN Office of Legal Affairs, in New York.

In parallel to my work as a lawyer, I teach Private International Law and Public International Law at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, I have conducted various research projects and published several scholarly articles on these fields of law. While stationed in Vienna, I lectured at the Universität Wien (Austria), and I concluded the doctoral studies; my thesis “Commercial Usages, Customary Law and Lex Mercatoria in Latin America” (in Spanish) was published in 2010. Later on, I undertook postdoctoral studies at Columbia University Law School, in New York City.