To mark its 75th anniversary, the United Nations will launch #UN75 on 2 January 2020. It will be the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.
Tackling issues such as the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – our shared vision for the future – will require cooperation across borders, sectors and generations.
But just when we need collective action more than ever, support for global cooperation is flagging. In many countries, public trust in traditional institutions is in decline and relations between countries are under strain. Dialogue – and action – on global issues could not be more urgent.
What Will #UN75 Achieve?
Through #UN75 conversations, the UN aims to
- build a global vision of 2045 – its centenary
- increase understanding of the threats to that future
- and support enhanced international cooperation to realise that vision.
From January 2020, the UN75 campaign will initiate dialogues in all settings – from classrooms to boardrooms, parliaments to village halls. The aim is to reach as many people as possible: to listen to their hopes and fears; and learn from their ideas and experiences. Anybody can join the global conversation – physically or online, individually or as a group, in every region of the world.
How Can I Take Part in #UN75?
Anyone can organise a dialogue. The UN are currently building partnerships to ensure they reach as many people as possible. They will also organise a number of dialogues – physical and online. Details will be available on the UN75 website once ready.
But you don’t have to wait in order to start planning your actions. And you can even take part in our survey TODAY!
Take Part in the UN’s Survey
Go to https://beta.un75.online/ and send your thoughts directly to the UN75 project.
Take Part in Coventry United Nations Branch Survey
Go to https://unacov.uk/un75-survey/ and vote on the answers to our 3 questions. You can also add your own answers for others to vote on!
Start Planning an Event
Events are best organised in the New Year, but you need to start planning now!
Decide What Topic You Want to Discuss
See the Issue Briefs to help you decide. Suggested topics include the following:
- The Impact of Digital Technologies
- A New Era of Conflict and Violence
- Inequality – Bridging the Divide
- The Climate Crisis – A Race We Can Win
- Shifting Demographics
But you can discuss any topic that strikes you as important.
UNA Coventry can book a room for your meeting in the Council House. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of what you want.
Organise a meeting to bring together diverse groups, especially those not often heard. Possible participants are: ordinary people, politicians, those living with disabilities, business people, civil society, the media, religious leaders, schools and young people, university academics, migrants, human rights advocates.
Each conversation is an opportunity to encourage individuals to take actions in their own lives in line with what they have heard and learned. Both formal and informal dialogues can yield insights and evidence that national and international organizations can apply. Findings may inspire new programmes, investments, partnerships and campaigns, among other options. A global platform to illustrate key outcomes of discussions is being developed by the UN75 team.
Add a UN75 Conversation to an Existing Event
You can organise a chat over coffee during an existing event.
Make it Fun and Social
Conversations don’t need to be too heavy and serious. Inspire people with the fact they are helping to make the world a better place.
Use social media and the #UN75 to let people know in advance about your event and about the results afterwards. Engage with local media. UNA Coventry can help with this.
Check out the UN75 toolkit which has guidelines on how to join, and how to inspire conversations and amplify voices through channels and communities for people to talk and be heard.
Frequently Asked Questions
See the FAQ page for answers to some common questions.
Note that you cannot use the UN Emblem (earth with olive leaves) unless your event is being organised by or in association with an official UN partner such at the United Nations Association Coventry Branch. However you can use the UN75 logo without the UN Emblem. For more information on branding see here.
Book a Venue
UNA Coventry can book a room for the event in Coventry Council House.
Fill in the form below to tell us about your planned event.