A new destiny is about to come…although it is already here marking a new road for the global project, that is not driven from just one epicenter of power many within contradictory goals, interests, and ideologies.
Globalization is not about homogeneity but certainly, it needs to move beyond biased interests and political ideologies. Alignment with Sustainable Development Goals seems to be the best framework. Certainly, being above political ideologies is a powerful driver and the challenge that demands stronger senses on Negotiation, Diplomacy, and respect to cultures and traditions.
The political will to change towards sustainability is not the same as harmonization of focuses but the capacity to exercise a peacekeeping mindset.
BRICS, European Union, Mercosur, United States, etc. they all shape a new geopolitical perspective based on blocks of Nations, therefore a new global order and not only one super-powerful Nation over the others that in the end wrongly hold the representation of the rest. This “political attitude” has weakened the capacity to build a global project that engages all actors and leads to sustainability beyond differences.
Despite nationalist waves based on isolationism and no sense of joint action, we realize that we are moving forward under strict global efforts. However, it does not necessarily mean union or that pandemics boost more united relations, by the contrary, a new sense of “national selfishness” arises and is threatening the whole world to collapse, aiming to survive through building national resilience without taking into account a global context.
A sign of the weakness of the political sector that sees on nationalisms a way to thrive pushing their citizens into defensive local attitudes, although within a global economy and a consolidated international virtual social networks.
Is it also true that the global financial interdependence that results in 2008 Financial crisis was a sign of the toxicity of a system that does not respect national sovereignties. However, is it also an opportunity to realize the need to build resilience through innovative and powerful systems of transparency and accountability rather than attack the global system in itself. The counterbalance that delivers a diverse block of Nations is what would eventually bring transparency and make the processes more flexible.
BRICS, the US, the European Union, and all regional blocks are axis within power in itself that are giving the path to new shapes of globalization, through a counterbalance system instead of one country serving as a “panoptical” for the rest.
The SDGs are now the challenge but also the crystallization of a multi-stakeholder world more united in global terms and more independent in terms of the decision-making process. The freer the Nations feel to make reforms, the better prepared they will be to be part of a global system based on joint action and counterbalance.
The capacity to build synergies come from a new and diverse axis of power, is it for this main reason that blocks become the hope for a new global model that construct a system based on minimum standards on Human Rights and common respect and not big projects of pseudo common interests, that in the end, they are none.
One of the reasons that the European Union is failing on its goals, not certainly on its philosophy- is that does not contemplate different interests and becomes too much ambitious for a Union that finds rejection precisely on their action rather than on their principles. We see, once again, that in financial terms, the axis of power was not Brussels but Germany, the same as with the rest of the world that the axis was the US and not the United Nations. When you integrate all powers despite ideologies and interests, you find balance. At least in financial terms, we need to keep in mind that is fundamental to learn from 2008, and see diversity as a power resource to maintain peace and stability. A perfect balance of control, and supervision from each other.
Even if the different blocks search for different goals, and they may be divided internally –as the case of BRICS- it supposes a force that boosts agreements and a multilateral exercise of power that helps on the road to be better: sustainable in the long term.
The fact that we may be certain is that all countries agree on most of the Sustainable Goals making them a true framework, although not a tool to be implemented harmonically and equally for all. Is it for this reason that the creativity and democratic procedures to make it happen are key to success in the medium term. Allowing different and colorful processes of integration and approaches is a driver, not to be aligned but ALL IN towards the SDGs.
A new destiny is about to come…a new global system is about to erupt within diversity and innovative political processes.