In January 2009, Gorbachev used the world economic crisis as the basis for another call for a new world order: “We need a new vision of global political leadership, a new willingness to work together in this globalized world. … Throughout the world, there is a clamor for change. That desire was evident in November, in an event that could become both a symbol of this need for change and a real catalyst for that change. Given the special role the United States continues to play in the world, the election of Barack Obama could have consequences that go far beyond that country. The American people have had their say; now all will depend on whether the new president and his team measure up to the challenge. … If current ideas for reforming the world's financial and economic institutions are consistently implemented, that would suggest we are finally beginning to understand the importance of global governance. Such governance would render the economy more rational and more humane.”
In June 2009, Gorbachev called for global perestroika (restructuring). He denied making “ready-made prescriptions,” but called to a more government-centered economy worldwide. Gorbachev said that the economic “model that emerged during the final decades of the 20th century has turned out to be unsustainable. It was based on a drive for super-profits and hyper-consumption for a few, on unrestrained exploitation of resources and on social and environmental irresponsibility. … The current model does not need adjusting; it needs replacing. I have no ready-made prescriptions. But I am convinced that a new model will emerge, one that will emphasize public needs and public goods, such as a cleaner environment, well-functioning infrastructure and public transportation, sound education and health systems and affordable housing. … We will cope with the new global challenges as well, but only if everyone understands the need for real, cardinal change – for a global perestroika.”
In November 2009, Gorbachev said, "Only in cooperation with Russia and the United States can Europe play its role in the global process of creating a new world order;" the former Soviet premier added that this “had been a dream of his ‘good acquaintance’” John Paul II.
In a speech given on November 9, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “This world will not be a peaceful one if we do not work for more global order and more multilateral cooperation.” When discussing the December 2009 UN climate summit meeting in Copenhagen, she said that nations must be ready to put “the greater good” above their “narrow interests;” she asked, “Are the nation states ready and willing to give competencies over to multilateral organizations, no matter what it costs?”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agrees on the need for global governance as a response to climate change. In a New York Times essay published in October 2009, the UN leader said that a global deal on climate change “must include an equitable global governance structure. All countries must have a voice in how resources are deployed and managed.”
The newly appointed President of the Council of the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy, is a conservative Catholic. Nevertheless, he too is enthusiastic for “the global management of our planet.” In November 2009, when accepting his new post, Van Rompuy said, “We are living through exceptionally difficult times: the financial crisis and its dramatic impact on employment and budgets, the climate crisis which threatens our very survival. … Yet these problems can be overcome by common efforts in and between our countries. 2009 is also the first year of global governance, with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet. Our mission is one of hope, supported by acts and action.”
In January 2009, just before the inauguration of President Obama, Henry Kissinger said, “The nadir of the existing international financial system coincides with simultaneous political crises around the globe. Never have so many transformations occurred at the same time in so many different parts of the world and been made globally accessible via instantaneous communication. The alternative to a new international order is chaos. … The extraordinary impact of the president-elect on the imagination of humanity is an important element in shaping a new world order. But it defines an opportunity, not a policy. The ultimate challenge is to shape the common concern of most countries and all major ones regarding the economic crisis, together with a common fear of jihadist terrorism, into a common strategy reinforced by the realization that the new issues like proliferation, energy and climate change permit no national or regional solution. The new administration could make no worse mistake than to rest on its initial popularity. The cooperative mood of the moment needs to be channeled into a grand strategy going beyond the controversies of the recent past. … An international order can be permanent only if its participants have a share not only in building but also in securing it. In this manner, America and its potential partners have a unique opportunity to transform a moment of crisis into a vision of hope.
 Mikhail Gorbachev, “A new international agenda,” The New York Times, January 1, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/01/opinion/01iht-edgorby.1.19029339.html?_r=1, viewed 12/05/09.
 Mikhail Gorbachev, “We Had Our Perestroika. It’s High Time for Yours,” The Washington Post, June 7, 2009, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060501966_pf.html, viewed 11/23/09.
 Alexander Osipovich, “Gorbachev 'proud' of role in fall of Berlin Wall,” AFP, November 3, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gwWTO_BvBYEAKmMbwniNbCksuj5g, viewed 11/20/09.
 Earth Times, “Merkel: No world peace without multilateral cooperation,” November 9, 2009, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/293869,extra-merkel-no-world-peace-without-multilateral-cooperation.html, viewed 11/20/09.
 Ban Ki-moon, “We Can Do It,” The New York Times, October 25, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/opinion/26iht-edban.html?_r=1, viewed 11/21/09.
 Paul Belien, “Meet the President of Europe,” The Brussels Journal, November 20, 2009, http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4181, viewed 11/26/09; Jeroen van der Kris, “Who is Van Rompuy,” Spiegel Online, November 20, 2009, http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,662517,00.html, viewed 11/26/09.
 European Union @United Nations, “Intervention of H.E. Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, New President of EU Council,” November 19, 2009, http://www.europa-eu-un.org/articles/en/article_9245_en.htm, viewed 11/26/09.
 Henry A. Kissinger, “The chance for a new world order,” The New York Times, January 12, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/12/opinion/12iht-edkissinger.1.19281915.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all, viewed 12/02/09.