We have a unique opportunity to chart a new course for the international system as we look to a post-COVID-19 world.
In the Declaration commemorating the United Nations’ 75th anniversary, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report back within a year with “recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.” In their Declaration, Member States identified 12 areas that can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism.
In response, the Secretary-General has launched what he is describing as “a process of profound reflection” on the future of multilateralism and global governance needed to secure a healthy, fair, and sustainable future that can encourage broad-based support from governments and citizens alike.
Our Common Agenda has the potential to shape a pivotal decade for our societies, peoples, and planet. This effort will take the UN75 Declaration as its point of departure, including the results of a year of polling, focus groups, and dialogues conducted in the context of the UN75 process. The Secretary-General will prepare a report with his recommendations, having also engaged with a wide diversity of partners and stakeholders, to be submitted to the UN General Assembly before the end of the 75th session in September 2021. Following its launch, the report is intended to be a springboard for action.
Our Common Agenda will build on the 12 commitments identified by Member States in the UN75 Declaration. These are areas that can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism.
Diverse experts and thought leaders from all around the world contribute their ideas.
Ideas from a global group of young Next Generation Fellows representing major youth networks.
A broad range of inputs from civil society, including digital pulse taking and crowd-sourcing on concrete proposals as they emerge, partnerships with youth-led networks, inputs from private sector actors, and similar.
This track will include consultations with Member States on implementation of the UN75 declaration.