Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism Comprises 12 Eminent Current or Former Global Leaders, Officials, Experts

The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the establishment of a High‑Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism.

The Secretary-General’s report on Our Common Agenda, released in September 2021, calls for stronger governance of key issues of global concern.  The report notably proposes a Summit of the Future in 2023 to advance ideas for governance arrangements in certain areas that could be considered global public goods or global commons, including climate and sustainable development beyond 2030, the international financial architecture, peace, outer space, the digital space, major risks and the interests of future generations.

The High-Level Advisory Board will be asked to build on the ideas in Our Common Agenda — including the centrality of women and girls, and the need to take into account the interests of young people and future generations — to make concrete suggestions for more effective multilateral arrangements across a range of key global issues.  Their non-binding recommendations would inform deliberations by Member States at the proposed Summit of the Future.

The Board will be supported in its work by the Centre for Policy Research of the United Nations University in close coordination with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.


The High-level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism is composed of the following 12 eminent persons:


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018 and the first democratically-elected female Head of State in Africa.  She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.  She has also served as the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and founded the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development.  She was the co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response in 2020 to 2021.

Stefan Löfven (Sweden)
Stefan Löfven was Prime Minister of Sweden from 2014 to 2021.  He was the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 2012 to 2021, and previously the President of the Swedish Industrial and Metal Workers Union.  In 2016, he launched the Global Deal, a global initiative for social dialogue and better conditions in the labour market.  He has also been co-Chair of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work, together with South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, and initiated, together with the Prime Minister of Spain, the Leaders’ Network for reinforcing multilateralism.


Xu Bu (China)
Xu Bu is the President of the China Institute of International Studies.  He has served as Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and to Chile, as well as in other diplomatic posts in Pakistan, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Poonam Ghimire (Nepal)
Poonam Ghimire is a climate activist and Next Generation Fellow (2021) with the United Nations Foundation.  She is the former Head of the International Processes Commission at the International Forestry Students Association, a Global Citizens’ Youth Advocate, and was a Youth Power Climate Representative for the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Jayati Ghosh (India)
Jayati Ghosh is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the United States and was previously professor of economics and Chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jewaharlal Nehru University, India.  She is also a board member of the High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs.

Donald Kaberuka (Rwanda)
Donald Kaberuka is Chairman and Managing Partner of SouthBridge, a Pan-African financial advisory and investment firm. Previously he served as the President of the African Development Bank, and as Rwanda’s Minister for Finance and Economic Planning.  He is also the African Union High Representative for the Peace Fund and Board Chair of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Azza Karam (Egypt)
Azza Karam is Secretary-General of Religions for Peace, a multi-religious leadership platform, and a professor of religion and development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.  She was previously Senior Adviser on Culture at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the convener of the United Nations inter-agency task force on religion and development.

Nanjala Nyabola (Kenya)
Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and researcher based in Nairobi.  Her work focuses on the intersection between technology, media, and society.  She is the Director of Advox, the digital rights research and writing initiative of Global Voices, and is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics:  How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya (Zed Books, 2018) and Travelling While Black:  Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move (Hurst Books, 2020).

Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Singapore)
Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Senior Minister of Singapore.  He co-chairs the G20 High-Level Independent Panel on global financing for pandemic preparedness and response, the Advisory Board for the United Nations Human Development Report, and the Global Education Forum, and chairs the Group of Thirty.  He earlier chaired the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance.

Anne-Marie Slaughter (United States)
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think tank, and a professor emerita of politics and international affairs at Princeton University.  Her previous positions include Director of Policy and Planning at the United States Department of State.

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho (Brazil)
Ilona Szabó is founder and President of the Igarapé Institute — a think and do tank committed to human, digital and climate security.  She is an affiliate scholar at Princeton University, a former Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and fellow at Columbia University.  She is also an author, podcaster and columnist.

Danilo Türk (Slovenia)
Danilo Türk was President of Slovenia from 2007-2012 and is currently President of the Club de Madrid, an organization of over 100 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers of United Nations Member States.  He previously served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and as the Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations.

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