Good Governance Summit – Bucharest, 4-5 May 2017

On 4-5 May 2017 Bucharest was the host of the first edition of what promises to become a successful regional event organized by Strategikon, Romania. The event brought together former heads of states and government, journalists, and academia that provided insights on maximizing the opportunities for success and minimizing those for failure in both liberal and autocratic regimes.

As the greatest challenge to mankind is failed and failing government, the Good Governance Summit examined where and how government transitions have succeeded and more importantly where they have failed.

This first conference was meant to examine governance in the broadest, non-partisan sense, across the globe in terms of states and regions and major cross-cutting issues to include international attempts of governance though organizations and the impact of environmental factors such as climate change. The end intention was to provide possible solutions for the political and economical leaders and for their teams as governance performance makes the difference in a global context that is complex and uncertain.

            “Good governance is an umbrella concept with an impact on all the domestic and external instruments any modern state uses in order to meet an increasing number of global challenges. We can say that in such a complex and uncertain context governance performance is what makes the difference; there lies the key that makes the difference between a functional and a failed state. Both the capability of drawing foreign funds, for instance, and resilience to security threats depend on good governance,” (Strategikon honorary Chairman, MEP Ioan Mircea Pașcu)

In that context I had the opportunity to moderate on Friday, 5 May, the breakout session Governance in the Age of Pandemics: Protecting the People which brought together Col. Laszlo Fazekas, Director NATO MILMED COE and dr. Alexandru Rafila, President of the Romanian Society of Microbiology. The session addressed a hot topic not yet fully discussed in Romania – that on how good governance can help prevent or reduce the effects of pandemics.

Pandemics require both advance planning and the management of the unavoidable and the constant modification of existing plans to suit the evolving circumstances. The potential for the global spread of pandemics is a combination of biological and social factors and stopping them requires a very high level of cooperation. Yet there are several obstacles to overcome such as national pride and interests or the possibility that sharing information may have negative effect on the countries affected.

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