The Rome Roundtable

16-19 June, 2024

Global project on ‘Shaping Global Governance, Climate and Nature’ launched in Rome

At the 2024 Rome Roundtable the Global Foundation launched its most significant project for 2024 Shaping Global Governance, Climate and Nature.

Global Leadership Team

*Mark and Sharan are co-chairs of our Steering Committee for Shaping Agreement on Global Governance, Climate and Nature Project.

Letter to those attending in Rome

‘Shaping global governance, climate and nature’

With great pleasure, on behalf of the Global Foundation, I write to confirm your participation and your role in our Rome Roundtable meeting, from 16-18 June, followed by, for those who are able, the Audience with Pope Francis in the morning of 19 June and a visit to Assisi following, on 19/20 June.

We will meet at a pivotal moment in modern history.  Pope Francis wisely cautioned that these times are ‘…more like the end of an epoch than the end of an era’.  That’s why the Global Foundation is convening this key meeting in Rome, to energise and inspire important voices who might better influence and impact the future of global governance, particularly for climate and nature and the future sustainability of our planet.

You will find linked, the Program, Participants’ List, Bios, Advance Reading and also Helpful Information

The success of the roundtable depends very much on a shared spirit of respectful exchange among all participants, who will be seated around one large ‘family’ table.  You will note that we have intentionally built into the Program several ‘Open Discussion’ moments.

Otherwise, our Foundation leadership team, comprising Ms Louise Watson, Dr Mark Cutifani, Ms Sharan Burrow and myself, very much look forward to sharing with you and inspiring a productive time in Rome.

With all best wishes,


Over the past 25 years, the Global Foundation has become a trusted platform for international dialogue about pressing global challenges, including but not limited to climate change and nature. Some of the Foundation’s past achievements in the areas of global governance, climate and nature include: 

The Foundation brought together China, the United States and Australia to align on global climate change policy, first by hosting the Australian Prime Minister in Beijing, then by initiating three-way follow-up discussions with the officials in Washington DC a few months later.

At its second Rome Roundtable, the Foundation brought together some of the world’s most powerful actors from business, governments, institutions, academia, faiths, and civil society to discuss cooperative globalisation, with a focus on sustainable development. The meeting was addressed by Pope Francis, who endorsed our work and commitment to cooperative globalisation. The Rome Roundtable also brought together the founding partners of the World Benchmarking Alliance, a not-for-profit that ranks and measures business contributions towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Assisi Accord meeting of May 2022 brought together figures of international significance from diverse professional, social, and religious backgrounds to reach agreement on how to reform global financial architecture to incentivise investment in climate change action and other areas of sustainable development. Signatories agreed to harness global finance to work towards delivering the Paris Agreement and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. The Accord is an ongoing document that recognises the role played by the global financial sector in environmental degradation while also advocating for it to be part of the solution.

In June 2023, the Foundation co-convened and co-chaired a meeting at the prestigious Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences that in many ways helped create the template for the new global governance project.  That meeting at the Vatican concluded that: 

1. Reorienting economies towards the common good to raise human well-being and planetary flourishing 繁荣 (fánróng), and to reduce inequalities of opportunities and outcomes. In this perspective, the redesign of the current System of National Accounts should be pursued not only to go “beyond GDP,” but also to build a new system focused on the measurement of well-being now and prospectively in the future. New measurements of a Fraternal and Sustainable Economy for the Common Good must ensure that the well-being of humanity and of the planet are at the core of the SDGs, and are in line with the philosophy of the 2030 Agenda and the concept of integral ecology as defined in Laudato Si’.

2. Promoting new global governance arrangements to oversee the sustainability of the global environmental commons, including the climate, the oceans, biodiversity, world heritage sites, and to ensure a fair and just transition that advantages the poor. The formulation of such arrangements should be affiliated with the United Nations and its many institutions and should involve governments as well as religious groups, civil society, enlightened businesses and investors, educators, students, and young people around the world.

The Shaping Agreement on Global Governance, Climate and Nature project was announced at the State of the World Roundtable and endorsed by Ms Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. The project is led by Dr Mark Cutifani CBE and Ms Sharan Burrow AC and will consist of at least ten global roundtables over the next three years. Learn more.


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