Adhering to the UN Charter: Barbados First and the United States Last

Source: Common Dreams
by Jeffrey D Sachs & Guillaume Lafortune

“As part of our academic research on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are examining the extent to which UN member states adhere to the UN Charter and UN-backed goals such as the SDGs. Towards this end, we have created a preliminary ‘Multilateralism Index,’ and welcome feedback and suggestions. The ranking of 78 countries according to the Multilateralism Index is shown in Figure 1 below. Barbados ranks highest, the UN member most aligned with the UN Charter. Though Barbados is a very small country, with just 280,000 people, its peaceful multilateralism gives it a big voice. Barbados’[s] globally respected Prime Minister Mia Mottley, recently teamed up with French President Emmanuel Macron to co-host an important Summit for a New Global Financing Pact for People and Planet, in Paris this past June.” (11/13/23)