Globalization and Summit Reform The L-20: An Experiment in International Governance
By Peter Heap, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
Humankind has grappled with the four biblical Horsemen for thousands of years. In our 21st world, Death, Pestilence, War and Famine threaten lives on every continent.
Peter Heap chronicles the L-20 Project, an international mobilization of practical experience and specialized knowledge aimed at reining in the horsemen. The L-20 project sought answers to some of the classical problems of our time: How do we prevent war? How do we feed the hungry? How do we house the homeless? How do we cure the sick?
Heap recounts the origins and outcomes of the L-20 project, a three-year effort to determine whether carefully focused meetings of a representative group of government leaders could successfully overcome political deadlocks preventing the resolution of critical global issues. The results of this pragmatically oriented research point to new avenues for the pursuit of more effective global governance…and new ways of confronting the old enemies of humankind - Death, Pestilence, War and Famine.
Globalization and Summit Reform: Confronting the Horsemen will be published in 2007. For more information, please contact us.
Peter Heap - PhD History (Yale)
Peter Heap is a Senior Research Associate for the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. He has extensive experience in government, including roles as Foreign Service Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister in the Government of Canada, as well as Senior Treaty Negotiator, and Assistant Deputy Minister in the Government of British Columbia. He is the former Director of the Governability Research Program at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.