The UN’s 75th anniversary in 2020 arrived at a time of great upheaval and peril. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Member States came together to recognize that our challenges are interconnected and can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism with the United Nations at the centre of our efforts.
They pledged to strengthen global governance for the sake of present and coming generations and, to that end, requested the Secretary-General to report back with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.
If the world is to recover from COVID-19 and we are to deliver on our promises to future generations - to secure a world where everyone can thrive in peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet – then 2021 must be the year we change gear.
We must think big. We need to reshape the foundations and reaffirm the core values that underpin collective action.
Time is of essence and the choices before us are stark. Our welfare, and indeed the permanence of human life, now depend on us working effectively together across borders and sectors to manage many shared risks and achieve a vital set of common goals, including but not limited to, those set out in the UN75 Declaration.
A global consultation process
In response, we embarked upon a process of reflection, engaging a broad array of stakeholders, including Member States, thought leaders, young people, civil society and the UN system and its many partners.
Our Common Agenda builds on many of the ideas that emerged during the year-long global listening exercise conducted in the context of the 75th anniversary where more than 1.5 million people in all 193 Member States voiced strong public support for international cooperation, and a desire for more effective, more inclusive and more networked multilateralism in the future.
This report synthesizes key ideas that emerged during the reflection process and offers suggestions on how to take them forward.
Based on these findings, we launched an extensive consultation process including four different tracks:
1. Member States
Working with the President of the General Assembly and partners, including inclusive, informal networked breakfast series accross 12 UN75 themes hosted by UN Foundation
2. Thought Leaders
Visionary thinking from a diversity of eminent thought leaders around the world and across different regions on reinvigorating multilateralism for accelerating progress on global commons
3. Young Thinkers
Innovative ideas from young thinkers and active citizens under the age of 30 to explore a reimagined social contract and a new global deal for next and future generations as part of the international system
4. We the Peoples
Artificial Intelligence-enabled worldwide digital consultations, following up from UN75 global dialogues, to gather inputs, galvanize networks, innovate bold ideas, and activate champions to achieve Our Common Agenda priorities
An Inclusive Approach
Our Common Agenda is led by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General with support from the UN Foundation and Igarapé Institute, along with a network of partners from all regions engaging a diverse ecosystem of global experts, youth, civil society, parliamentarians, private sector, universities and think tanks.