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Global Public Goods

The provision of Global Public Goods (GPGs) is still a relatively new process but growing global pressures have increased the international need for a response to the challenges they pose. GPGs cover global issues which range across the whole spectrum of the sustainable development agenda. They include the global environment, international financial stability and market efficiency, health, knowledge, peace and security and humanitarian rights. This paper seeks to outline some of the latest policy ideas which seek to help frame the international debate on these key global priorities by examining them though the “lens” of Global Public Goods. October 2001.


Briefing Paper on Sustaining Our Global Public Goods. - Pdf format. 

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Glossary - Rich text format.


Other Resources

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Global public goods: concepts and theory

  • Defining International Public Goods: Conceptual Issues. Ch.2 ed. Ferroni, M. and Mody, A. (eds) Strategies for International Public Goods. Overseas Development Institute. Morrissey, O, et al (forthcoming) Kluwer press.

  • Global Public Goods: International Cooperation in the 21st Century. OUP. Kaul, I., Grunberg, I. and Stern M. (1999) http://www.undp.org/globalpublicgoods

  • Global Public Goods: taking the concept forward. UNDP, ODS Discussion Paper No17. Faust, M., Le Goulven K., Ryu G. and Schnupf M. (2001) http://www.undp.org/ods/


  • Global Environmental Outlook 2000. UNEP (2000)  http://www.unep.org/Geo2000

  • OECD Environmental Outlook. OECD (2001)  http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/9701011e.pdf

  • Transboundary Water Management as an International Public Good. Study 2001:1 Development Financing Prepared for Ministry of Foreign affairs by ODI, Arcadis, Euroconsult.  Sweden (2001) http://www.utrikes.regeringen.se/inenglish/policy/devcoop/financing.htm


  • Defining Global Public Goods. DC/2000-16. Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank (WB) and Fund (IMF) On the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries. Development Committee (2000) http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/DCS/devcom.nsf/(documentsattachmentsweb)/September2000EnglishDC200016/$FILE/DC-2000-16(E)-GPG.pdf

  • Financing and Providing Global Public Goods: Expectations and Prospects. Prepared for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden, by Fransico Segasti  and Keith Bezanson on behalf of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex (2001) http://www.utrikes.regeringen.se/inenglish/policy/devcoop/financing.htm 

  • Financial resources. Decision 8/5 UN Commission on Sustainable Development's report on the eighth session. E/2000/29 E/CN.17/2000/20 ECOSOC (2000) http://www.un.org/documents/ecosoc/docs/2000/e2000-29.htm#Decision%208/5

  • International Conference on Financing for Development. Draft Outcome prepared by the Facilitator (2001)  http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/0901Facilitator_%20text.htm

  • International Financial and Monetary Stability: A Global Public Good? Remarks by Michel Camdessus Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund at the IMF/Research Conference Key Issues in Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System Washington, D.C., May 28, IMF (1999) http://www.imf.org/external/np/speeches/1999/052899.htm

  • Investing in the Future: Financing for Development Process. Life on Line paper. http://www.earthsummit2002.org/es/life/Finance.pdf 
  • Sustainable finance. Gardiner, R.G. (2001) http://www.earthsummit2002.org/es/issues/susfin/susfin.htm 

  • Tobin Tax for Social Development. Enayati, J. & Hemmati, M. (2001) http://www.earthsummit2002.org/wssd/wssd5/wssd5tobin.htm  

Food security

  • Global Public Goods for Poor Farmers: Myth or Reality? Reeves, T. and Cassaday, K. (2001) http://www.cimmyt.org/whatiscimmyt/globpublgoods/global_public.htm 

Human security

  • Human Development Report. Making new technologies work for human development UNDP (2001) http://www.undp.org/hdr2001

International commitments

  • The International Convention on the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism http://www.un.org/ga/documents/gares52/res52164.htm 

  • Road Map of Millennium Summit goals sets out a blueprint, timetable for future implementation. Secretary General's report Signposts road ahead. PI/1380 Press release. UN (2001) http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2001/pi1380.doc.htm

  • The Rio Conventions Summit briefing. UNED 2001 http://www.earthsummit2002.org/es/issues/Conventions/rio_conventions.htm


  • Human Development Report. Making new technologies work for human development UNDP (2001) http://www.undp.org/hdr2001

  • Knowledge as a Global Public Good. Previous World Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. Stiglitz, J.E. (1999) http://www.worldbank.org/knowledge/chiefecon/articles/undpk2/  





  • IMF http://www.imf.org 

  • New International Task Force on Global Public Goods, launched at WSSD http://www.undp.org/dpa/frontpagearchive/2002/august/29aug02/ and a non-paper proving a background to the proposal  http://www.utrikes.regeringen.se/fragor/utvecklingssamarb/pdf/taskforce_tor.pdf 

  • OECD http://www.oecd.org 

  • UNEP http://www.unep.org 

  • UNDP – Global Public Goods http://www.undp.org/globalpublicgoods and ODS-UNDP http://www.undp.org/ods/

  • UN Financing for Development http://www.un.org/ffd 

  • World Bank http://www.worldbank.org




  • Calvert Group  - US socially-responsible mutual funds www.calvert-henderson.com


Le Monde Diplomatique (2000) 

  • Defining the World Property. A Global Public Good. http://www.en.monde-diplomatique.fr/2000/01/12a

  • Global Public Goods: A new way to Balance the worlds books. What is a Global Public Good?  http://www.en.monde-diplomatique.fr/2000/06/15publicgood

Local Authorities

  • Local Authorities Self-Assessment of Local Agenda 21’ (LASALA)” is a European wide project to self-assess the effects of Local Agenda 21 activities in local authorities or other local sustainable development programmes http://www.iclei.org/europe/lasala/

  • MELISSA – Managing the Environment Locally in Sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.melissa.org/ 


  • Earth Council. Providing Global Public Goods: Lessons from the NCSD Experience. http://www.ncsdnetwork.org/knowledge/per02.htm

  • Earth rights. Financing local to global GPGs: An Integrated Green Tax perspective by Alanna Hartzok http://www.earthrights.net/docs/financing.html

  • Henderson’s Quality of Life Indicators http://www.hazelhenderson.com  

  • Heinrich Boell Foundation http://www.worldsummit2002.org 

  • Overseas development Council. Comments on "Global Public Goods: International Cooperation in the 21st Century" Dr. Catherine Gwin, Senior Vice President, Overseas Development Council http://www.ceip.org/files/events/semgwin.asp?p=7&EventID=166

  • Overseas Development Institute. "Pro - poor International Goods? "A report of meeting held 15th December 2000. "On which areas in International finanace do we need consesus in the world economy?" report of a meeting held 28th June 2001

  • Oxfam. Information as a global public good: A right to knowledge and communication. An Oxfam project proposal. http://danny.oz.au/free-software/advocacy/oicampaign.html

  • Third World Network. IBRD borrowers pay for global public goods, G-7 agendas by Chakravarthi Raghavan, (1999)   http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/ibrd-cn.htm 

  • Tobin tax: further information on currency exchange tax movements can be accessed at www.attac.org; www.tobintax.org; www.halifaxinitiative.org and www.waronwant.org/tobin.htm. See also Hazel Henderson's taxing the Global Casino: http://www.hazelhenderson.com/article.htm#TAXING THE GLOBAL CASINO 

  • WRI http://www.digitaldividend.org/related_links/related_links.htm


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