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In view of the approaching 75th anniversary of the UN, the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) has launched its UN2100 (UN to 100) Initiative. Under that, FOGGS Executive Director and ACUNS member Georgios Kostakos recently produced a discussion paper entitled “Proposals for a modern, effective, ethical and people-centred United Nations”. In a somewhat unconventional approach to UN reform, the paper attempts to rethink UN mandates and structures on the basis of a comprehensive human narrative and some core functions regarding which the UN has real value to add. The result is a series of innovative proposals that include the establishment of an Earth Watch Centre, which will keep track in real time of the state of key indicators of human (including social and economic) and planetary well-being; a quarterly State of the Planet Report; a “global narrative of hope”; a global holiday; etc

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About the Author
Georgios Kostakos is a co-founder of the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) and has twenty-five years of work experience in international affairs, both as a practitioner and as a researcher. This includes fourteen years with the United Nations, with assignments such as observing the elections that ended apartheid in South Africa (1994), promoting human rights in Haiti (1995), reporting from post-Dayton Bosnia (1996), serving as Assistant Secretary of the UN General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (2000-2003), promoting UN strategic planning and reform as First Officer in the UN Secretary-General’s Strategic Planning Unit (most of 2003-2006), organizing the first ever high-level event on climate change in New York (2007), advancing the UN system delivering as one on climate change from the Secretariat of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB, 2008-2009), laying the ground for the Sustainable Development Goals as Senior Adviser and Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Global Sustainability Panel (GSP, 2010-2012), supporting the negotiations that resulted in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21, 2015). In parallel to being an Executive Board member and Executive Director of FOGGS, Georgios is currently LIFE Climate Action Sector Coordinator at NEEMO EEIG, based in Brussels, where he coordinates the monitoring of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects co-financed by the European Union’s LIFE Programme. He has previously held numerous senior positions at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), has organised postgraduate courses in international affairs at the University of Athens and has taught Global Governance and International Organisations to postgraduate students at the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent. Georgios holds MA and PhD degrees in International Relations (Kent, UK), as well as an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering (NTUA, Greece).