Cooperating internationally

Practising global cooperation
Cooperating globally
Using international cooperation
Strengthening international cooperation
Furthering international cooperation
Promoting international cooperation
Developing international cooperation

Cooperating towards the same goals on the part of nation-states, governmental and nongovernmental organizations (whether worldwide, regional, national or community-level), and individuals in all fields of human activity, including; economic and social development; the environment; international transfer of science and technology; cultural cooperation; world health; international law; education; promotion of human rights; food and agriculture. Such cooperation may be bilateral or via intergovernmental agencies.


Since the beginning of the 1980s, a series of independent commissions have sought to advance the cause of global cooperation. The Independent Commission on International Development Issues (Brandt Commission) was followed by the Independent Commission of Disarmament and Security Issues, the World Commission on Environment and Development and the South Commission. In 1991 members of these different commissions formed the Stockholm Initiative on Global Security and Governance and issued a report which led, in 1992, to the establishment of the Commission on Global Governance.

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.


International cooperation played a political and strategic role during the cold war. The powers made over resources to the third world and to development agencies which helped to maintain ties of political loyalty in a world of polar division. Very often international cooperation was used as a weapon in the play of political balance. Since the cold war ended, international cooperation has entered a profound crisis. The World Summit for Social Development (Copenhagen Conference) did not succeed in signing up a commitment on this issue, leaving it to States to freely determine whether they wished to increase or decrease the volume of cooperation, the methodology to be applied, financial decisions on debt reduction and their response to other initiatives suggested to the participating States.

Counter Claim:

Working in one's own nation is difficult enough.

Building global community
Cooperating multilaterally
Internationalizing anarchy
Managing transboundary issues
Changing consumption patterns
Gathering international statistics
Cooperating in international trade
Advancing systems interoperability
Developing inter-university cooperation
Promoting coordinated telecommunications
Promoting cooperation amongst geographers
Strengthening cooperative security measures
Facilitating international maritime traffic
Fostering international tourism cooperation
Ratifying international cooperative ventures
Promoting international cultural cooperation
Increasing international economic cooperation
Assisting international adoption organizations
Strengthening role of geosciences in development
Integrating the international community of nations
Cooperating internationally on biotechnology safety
Promoting international cooperation in human rights
Improving global cooperation to solve world problems
Promoting international cooperation among scientists
Increasing international assessment of chemical risks
Promoting international cooperation on the environment
Strengthening cooperation between developing countries
Developing procedural rules for cooperation amongst NGOs
Creating global alliance for environmental sustainability
Providing sufficient comparative international statistics
Improving international cooperation in reducing terrorism
Strengthening international cooperation to combat poverty
Fostering economic cooperation among developing countries
Fostering economic cooperation among developing countries
Strengthening cooperation among international organizations
Increasing international cooperation on research on biotechnology
Improving international cooperation on environmental infrastructure
Improving international cooperation on the transfer of biotechnology
Expanding international research cooperation on freshwater resources
Increasing international cooperation on the conservation of cetaceans
Convening regional meetings on international cooperation in bio-safety
Convening regional meetings on international cooperation in bio-safety
Strengthening intergovernmental cooperation with nongovernmental organizations
Strengthening international institutional arrangements to implement Agenda 21
Cooperating on environmentally sound technology among enterprises in developed and developing countries
Cooperating for sustainable development
Integrating international policy
Type Classification:
C: Cross-sectoral strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions