Global Solidarity Report 2023

Measuring the strength and resilience of the international community, for the first time

How is the world doing in 2023? How strong is global solidarity? What is the state of the much-invoked "international community"? Have milestones like the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hurried the decline of the international order? Or have they maybe increased a sense of urgency to unite against common threats?

The answers to these questions are critically important. Many people have an opinion. But the discussion is more often grounded in anecdote than data and evidence. Given the far greater salience of punchy bad news stories over incremental successes, there is a risk that an overly pessimistic consensus emerges. The Global Solidarity Report launches a more balanced yardstick for how the world is doing, a stronger narrative of global solidarity and community.

Global Solidarity Report

We are in the Danger Zone

The report includes a new scorecard, featuring 11 recent, quantifiable indicators that tell a story on the current level of global solidarity. Findings include:

  • The global public demonstrates substantial support for solidarity, and wants to collaborate to solve collective action problems.
  • But institutions are not strong enough to deliver – they need more funding and better representivity.
  • Crucially, the impacts of global cooperation are at their most worrying in decades, from health to CO2 emissions, from conflict deaths to economic convergence.

Just transition, now

  • To stick to 1.5ºC, there cannot be any new fossil fuel investments
    Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Special Envoy to Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh (Environment & Climate Change)
  • Support countries to leave hydrocarbons in the ground
    Tatiana Rodríguez Maldonado, General Coordinator, Censat Agua Viva
  • Build adaptive food systems by backing agricultural science
    Ismahane Elouafi, Incoming Executive Managing Director, CGIAR

Cooperate against viruses

  • Expand the Pandemic Fund to protect the world
    Chikwe Ihekweazu, WHO Assistant Director-General for Epidemic Intelligence and Surveillance Systems
  • Agree on a Pandemic Accord
    Carolyn Reynolds, Co-Founder, Pandemic Action Network

Pool global resources

  • Release trillions of dollars now by implementing the Bridgetown Initiative
    Avinash Persaud, Special Envoy on Climate Finance, Barbados
  • Set up a new UN entity to support tax justice
    Alvin Mosioma, Director for Fiscal Justice, Open Society Foundations
  • Rethink foreign aid as Global Public Investment
    Wanjiru Kanyiha, Coordinator, Global Public Investment Network