United Nations, World Bank, IMF, NATO…. the world has been creative enough to build a wide network of institutions all over the world with a global projection since the end of the 2nd World War. However, this apparent perfect system is not giving the desired stability. In fact most of those institutions has a very little impact on current challenges and has not built resilience for the present and future of humanity. Despite phenomenon as climate change there is process that depends exclusively on their actions. Their soundly failure on addressing big global crisis as financial, security and migration represents just a sign of the need for a big structural change that could bring light on these controversial obstacles for achieving a resilient world.
The creation of these organizations was meant to help on the process to get to a globalized world, giving the basis of union, negotiation and political will to resign sovereignty in the sake of a better & resilient world that could face challenges in a stronger and organized way. However, none of this has been achieved leading the world into a dramatic stage of weakness and insecurity.
By the contrary of some positions that sustain the idea of leaving aside this institutions, I strongly believe that more than ever we need to use it effectively as the only way to get through this real “global crisis” by restructuring and refocused their mission.
Globalization supposes union of countries under strong pillars of institutions & open-minded leaders. When institutions fail on the “material” that sustain those pillars it falls down dramatically, leaving the world in an incoherent system that do not serves the countries on the road to build resilience, on the contrary countries moves around institutional interests. Nowadays we face the challenge not just to shape national societies on resilience but also to contribute to universal resilience. The sum of each national strength is what “weaves the fabric” of a worldwide fortress. International institutions play a key role on this goal to gather efforts in a joint action that “wrap” all policies in one strategy able to face dramatic challenges on the near future.
Mission, goals, structure, all have been carefully designed to give a clear, systemic approach in times of crisis. However a confused and anarchic vision is the one that dominates the stage of international institutions shaping contradictory and not updated policies that lead the world into an unbalanced strategy to address crises. There are many examples; among the most evident is Palestinian-Israeli conflict that along 20 years of conflict has only been able to succeed on the recent raise of Palestinian flag in United Nations. Almost a satirical example that illustrates the ineffectiveness of a system that does not has authority over their members.
Crises like climate change is not easily erase from our day-to-day life, but definitely could be better addressed from a wiser and bold strategy from the natural places that have been already created to stand in a better and stronger position over the international community: international institutions. It´s just a matter of being enough courage to make them works by changing strategies on leadership and policies. A big challenge that institutions as the Vatican has taken in a very short time achieving great results.
Current institutional world system is meant to be shaped in a globalization basis, with a structure that gives the framework to interconnect and exchange solutions for any conflict that arise among them. With a strong leadership and institutional pillars that create roots on each society that help them on the process to be fully inserted in a global society. That is one of the big goals of the international institutions and should put in practice their extensive resources to link societies based on joint action, putting political ideologies aside and raising a “common language”.
It seems that in the last decades this institutions has just focused their work on those countries that unconditionally follow certain rules or belong to big powers, without acknowledge the need for a wider and inclusive policies that allow small or disempowered countries to be part of the system. This is a work of management from leaders, which is precisely the element that is missing and is strongly needed to build a society global & inclusive.
The big pillar to become an effective system is a strong leadership capable to transform international organizations in organized, focused and overall aware of their mission and commitment toward the built of roots on a globalized world, hence balance among countries and capacity of facing challenges in times of crisis. Not as it´s now a big bureaucratic system that has lost control over themselves and their goals & priorities.