During 2020 the UN Secretary-General’s office ran UN75, a global conversation on what kind of world they want in 2045, the UN’s 100th anniversary.
1.5 million people from all countries and all walks of life were asked about their priorities for the future and ideas for action.
In September 2020 the heads of states and governments of all UN member states adopted a Declaration setting out a vision for achieving the future we want and the UN we need. It contained 12 commitments:
- Leave no one behind.
- Protect our planet.
- Promote peace and prevent conflicts.
- Abide by international law and ensure justice.
- Place women and girls at the centre.
- Build trust.
- Improve digital cooperation.
- Upgrade the United Nations.
- Ensure sustainable financing.
- Boost partnerships.
- Be prepared.
They also note they have listened to the concerns and aspirations of the people, through the UN75 global conversation, and pledge: “We are here to respond.”
They tasked the Secretary-General to report back by September 2021 with recommendations “to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges”.
Consultation and Reflection
He has therefore launched Our Common Agenda, a process of consultation and reflection to generate ideas to inform his September 2021 report. This process is being led by the Secretary-General’s office with support from a network of global partners.
The “We the Peoples” digital consultation is one part of this effort. Building on the UN75 global conversation, the consultation invites stakeholders from different sectors to develop practical recommendations to: accelerate delivery of the commitments made in the UN75 Declaration, together with the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement; and to respond to new and emerging challenges.
Between 23 April and 21 May 2021, you can submit short proposals on how our global system can be made more effective in four areas:
- Our Future – building resilience to ‘future proof’ our global system
- Our World – safeguarding our planet and shared resources
- Our Society – making our societies and economies more equal and just
- Our UN – strengthening international institutions and global cooperation
You are invited to submit proposals to address these challenges. Proposals should be bold, helping to spark discussion and disrupt stale debates. They should be concrete, with adequate practical details to make them actionable. Some sample proposals generated by the UN75 global conversation are included to get debate going.
You can also log on at any time to view, add or provide feedback on proposals submitted by other participants. By harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, proposals can be honed and improved over the duration of the digital consultation.