To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations is launching 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.
Through these 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… (continued below)
So the UN is launching the “biggest-ever global conversation” on how the UN will have to adapt to be able to address these challenges. 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.
UNA-UK’s contribution will be to help ensure the outcomes of the conversation are implemented. They will do this through Together First – our campaign to make the best ideas for reforming global governance a reality. Through this rapidly growing global network, they will host #UN75 dialogues in all UN regions to bring new voices into the mix. Throughout 2020, they will campaign for leaders to take forward the most promising ideas.
How to take part
Answer three questions
Start a conversation
Make a list of individuals or groups who might have an opinion about how to solve global problems, especially those who are not usually heard. Don’t forget to include schools, youth clubs, trades unions, people living with disabilities, migrants, refugees, religious leaders and local politicians.
Contact them with a brief introduction about #UN75. Explain why this global conversation is needed (see above), how the world will benefit from hearing their opinions and how they can join in.
Invite them to an informal conversation, perhaps at a coffee morning, as part of another event or on social media.
The topics of conversation are:
- What do you think are the biggest problems facing the world today?
- What kind of world do you want in 2045?
- What changes are needed to achieve your vision?
Use your mobile phone to take photos and make videos or audio recordings of what people say and post these to social media using the tags #UN75, #ShapingOurFuture and @TogetherFirst.
If you ask people to post their own answers to the 3 questions, ask them to include those tags.
Encourage them to take action in their daily lives which will help achieve the kind of world they want.