Extending our Global Reach: CIGI 2015 Annual Report

Press Release

January 19, 2016

Waterloo, Canada — Today, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) released its 2015 annual report, now available at www.cigionline.org/about/annual-report. The annual report showcases recent accomplishments and major milestones that are positioning CIGI at the forefront of global governance research and influence on the international stage.

The report highlights an important year for CIGI and its work across research programs in global economy, global security and politics, and international law, building impact and influence through new global governance research and innovations, as well as a comprehensive complement of research experts, with the addition of 46 new research fellows for a total of 83.

“Whether it has been how global economies can tackle sovereign debt issues at the G20 level, deliver a truly actionable deal on climate change at COP21 in Paris, or determine how the internet will be governed, CIGI is doing its part to influence agendas and raise the issues,” said CIGI President Rohinton Medhora. “Our programs continue to produce thoughtful and ground-breaking analyses for audiences throughout the world. CIGI is committed to creating the cutting-edge platforms and solutions for today’s most pressing challenges.”

In the past fiscal year, the Global Commission on Internet Governance, which was launched by CIGI and Chatham House in 2014, made great strides in its two-year effort to produce a comprehensive framework to protect the security and accessibility of what is the world’s most important technological resource. Additionally, the newly formed International Law Research Program, co-funded by the Government of Ontario, established a strong foundation and has already made great progress in the areas of international climate law, intellectual property, trade and human rights law. Other notable accomplishments include CIGI’s growing leadership role internationally on the global financial stage, reinforcing its guidance and leadership role in the Think20, the “ideas bank” for the G20 from Turkey to China in 2016. 

CIGI also launched OpenCanada, a portal for online commentary and analyses on Canada’s role in global affairs as well as a collaboration with News Deeply, launching Arctic Deeply, a new media news site dedicated to arctic issues, in December.

“Across its ambitious program of research and policy work, CIGI demonstrated growing traction for its ideas, gaining influence in global circles and policy-making centres,” said Jim Balsillie, CIGI Founder and Chair of CIGI. 

CIGI was also busy moving to its permanent home in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  The new building won the prestigious Governor General’s Medals in Architecture in 2014 and was designed with a view to connecting the local community to the world in which CIGI operates.

From Kazakhstan to South Korea, Turkey to Beijing and Peru to Washington, CIGI continues to play an active leadership role on issues ranging from climate change to intellectual property right and the TPP, to cyber security. Given the challenges ahead, CIGI is well-positioned to continue that role into 2016.

For more information, visit www.cigionline.org.


Tammy Bender, Communications Manager, CIGI
Tel: 519.998.1861, Email: [email protected]   

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.


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