Current consultant for Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS)
Current consultant for the Transnational Institute (TNI)
25 years of work experience at the UN
5 years of academic and private-sector consulting experience.
Long-term research on global environmental matters; transnational corporations; investment and trade in zones of conflict; and equity and accountability in institutions of global governance.
Regular advisor to the G77 and to international NGOs.
Former Chief, New York Office, U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Former Head, Environment Unit, U.N. Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC)
What Could the UN Have Done to Respond to COVID-19
extract from the Lancet Covid 19 Commission Global Health Diplomacy and Cooperation Task Force Report
Educational Powerpoints on Multistakeholder Governance for TNI and FOGGS
30 October 2020
In early April 2020 the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) in Brussels convened a group of experts to start an international conversation on the UN system’s performance in response to the COVID-19 global emergency and the steps that could be taken to strengthen the system in the future. Participants spanned 11 time zones and included former international civil servants, academics and practitioners. The conference call was held under Chatham House rules. Harris Gleckman co-authored the first discussion paper, which reflects the main points raised in the brainstorming session, enriched with subsequent contributions. It is part of a series of consultations and discussion papers to support governments, the UN system, civil society, academics, and others concerned with the future of multilateralism. In May, Harris co-authored the Action Plan. In total, Harris co-author six papers which can be found here.
By Dr. Harris Gleckman
The UN System’s Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) comprises 31 executive heads of the United Nations and its funds and programmes, specialized agencies, Bretton Woods Institutions (The World Bank and IMF), and associated organizations (the WTO, UNOPS and the IAEA). According to its website, the CEB is the “highest-level coordination forum of the United Nations system”. This should not be the case.
2 July 2019
A new corporate and government marriage quietly took place last week when the leadership of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the United Nations (UN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to partner with each other. While this MOU is proudly displayed on the WEF website, it is nowhere to be found on the UN website. The only indication on the UN website of this important new development is a picture of the pen used to sign the agreement, and two pictures of the signing ceremony.
5 October 2018
This book examines the challenges presented to multilateralism and democracy by the further development of multistakeholderism. From a theoretical, historical perspective it describes briefly how the debate on global governance evolved and what working principles of multilateralism are under threat from multistakeholder governance. From a sociological perspective, the book identifies a series of organizational beliefs shared by participants in multistakeholder groups and the likely change in the roles that leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector will face as they evolve into potential global governors. From a practical perspective, the book addresses the governance issues which organizations and individuals should assess before deciding to participate in or support a particular multistakeholder group. The practical chapters are based around sets of key issues and questions with case study examples used throughout the book.