How the UN and Its Member States Can Reassert Global Leadership.
— September 19, 2022
By Michael Posner
In fact, UN week now bears a growing resemblance to the World Economic Forum’s week-long gathering of business and government leaders, academics, and activists in Davos in January. Organizers of that annual conference in the Swiss mountains assert that they are striving to “demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance.” But critics like Anand Girdharadas, the author of Winners Take All, offer a decidedly more cynical view. He describes Davos as a place where business and government leaders promote “virtuous side projects instead of doing their day jobs more honorably.”
Setting aside that debate, I think it’s safe to say that the scene around the UN General Assembly is very much like Davos, where I’ve observed during several visits the merging of the roles of government and business. This is in part a response to the weakening of the UN system and a diminished expectation that governments will solve the world’s most pressing problems.
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Michael Posner is the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance, Professor of Business and Society and Director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.