On 10 September 2021 the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) launched a report on his recommendations to build a multilateral system that better addresses current and future challenges.
This is the result of a global consultation called UN75 that received input from over 1.5 million people and 60,000 organisations from 195 countries that shared their priorities for the future and their ideas on strengthening multilateralism. This was followed by a number of other initiatives to build the recommendations embodied in the new report.
The UNSG considers that the challenges currently facing the world make this a crucial moment in history, comparable to the emergence of the world after the Second World War. If the nations and people of the world make the wrong choices, he considers that society may break down.
Action is needed, and he presents his vision for a world based on global cooperation. Based on this report, he will establish a High-level Advisory Board, led by former Heads of State and Government, to identify global public goods and other areas of common interest where governance improvements are most needed, and to propose options for how this can be achieved.
He also proposes a “Summit of the Future” to forge a new global consensus on what our future should look like, and what we can do today to secure it.
Our Common Agenda website is at https://www.un.org/en/common-agenda
Various Policy Briefs can be found here.