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Policy and Institutional Frameworks

Ceremony Marks Opening for Signature of Treaty on Establishment of an International Criminal Court, Rome, Italy, 18 July 1998. UN Photo, photographer unknown

Governance refers to the formation and stewardship of the formal and informal rules and institutions that regulate the public realm, the arena in which state as well as economic and societal actors interact to make and implement decisions. It describes the modalities, values and institutions that we employ to organize human life at all levels, within and between societies.

Global governance refers not to world government, but to an additional, mediating layer of international decision-making between governments and international organizations which is comprehensive, multisectoral, democratically accountable, and inclusive of civil society actors in the shared management of the troubled and fragile world order.

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