Preventing The Collapse of Multilateralism: Towards a Value Based Planetary Governance

Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis visiting the site at Muir Woods National Monuments where the international delegates visited on May 19, 1945 during the The United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO) that constituted the United Nations Charter in San Francisco (April 25-June 26, 1945). Photo by Dr. Marco Tavanti in the Cathedral Grove of Muir Woods, a nature sanctuary of millennial redwood sequoias.

Multilateralism at the Crossroads

The Era of Citizenry

The icons representing the Values 20 (V20) priorities for the 2021 value-driven policy activities. V20 is a global community of values experts and practitioners that seeks to actively engage with the Group of Twenty (G20). Dr. Alfredo Sfeir Younis and Dr. Marco Tavanti have contributed to this process and under the Sharing value with a shorter version of this paper available at . Illustrations courtesy of Values V20.

Collective Values

Space Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic’s Effects on Earth as shown by a new dashboard created by NASA and international partners that enables users to see changes in air and water quality, greenhouse gases, city nightlights, economic indicators and agricultural production. Photo by IM_PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK

Values for Planetary Governance: At a Glance

The Treaty of Westphalia

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights

League of Nations

The United Nations

The European Union

The World Bank

The G-20

The World Wildlife Fund

The Global Declaration of Interdependence

The Global Movement for a Culture of Peace

The Earth Charter

The United Religion Initiative (URI)

The Non-Violent Communications (NVC)

A San Francisco protest for FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE or FFF, is a youth-led and organized global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate. Photo courtesy of FFF

Value Based Planetary Governance (VBPG)

(i) when there are no boundaries,

(ii) when we witness a tendency to adopt flat organizational structures;

(iii) when we witness a massive participation of citizens;

(iv) when a revolution in communications and systemic connectedness is taking place, and

(v) when there is a rapid rising in collective consciousness.

Dr. Alfredo Sfeir Younis has been instrumental to the creation of the The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), an example of citizenry governance system as a multilateral high-level advisory body to the UN-DESA representing and advancing the voices of indigenous people on issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. . Photo: UN

Planetary System of Governance (PSG)

Planetary Consciousness

As such, VBPG will enable all actors to address: (i) the complexities and the perceived negative impacts of planetary challenges, (ii) the existing expectations about redistribution of power, and (iii) the overall understanding of the huge benefits coming from cooperation with all actors involved.

The Way Forward

The Challenge

People’s Centered Values

DEI for Global Governance

Coping with Present Reality

This is the true meaning of the term “planetary governance” suggested here. A new planetary vision is the aim. A new planetary governance is the instrument. A new planetary consensus on an action program is the desired outcome.

The time is now to govern by empowering planetary citizens and enliven new forms of human prosperity (material and spiritual), by embracing the values of equity, justice, legitimacy, participation, representation, deliberation, inclusion, systemic coherence, accountability, ethics, morals, and more.

The Banner of the 2021 #G20 Presidency hosted by Italy that focus on three broad value-centered solutions and interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity (3Ps). Illustration by G20

Important Value-Centered Solutions

Shared Planetary Responsibilities

Enhanced Planetary Governance of the Global Commons

Transitioning to Rights-Value-Based Societies

Values in Action

Action 1: “The League of Citizens”

Action 2: “A World Forum: Values for Multilateralism”

Action 3: “Planetary Citizens’ Network for Climate Change”

Action 4: “G20 Values Caucus”

Action 5: “Immediate Plan of Action for Planetary Sustainability”




Chilean Chancellor for the International Association of Educators for World Peace and Founding President of Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation.

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Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, Ph.D.

Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, Ph.D.


Chilean Chancellor for the International Association of Educators for World Peace and Founding President of Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation.