The UN secretary-general’s proposal for a 2023 summit of the longer term deserves the world’s highest consideration.
In February 2020, simply weeks earlier than New York City and far of the world went into lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we and our fellow ambassadors on the United Nations started six months of negotiations, culminating within the adoption of the “Declaration on the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations” by all heads of state and authorities.
Against the backdrop of the pandemic and different present and looming threats and challenges -from local weather change and excessive and protracted poverty to violent battle, terrorism and human rights violations, significantly these inflicted on ladies and ladies – the UN75 Declaration introduced a imaginative and prescient for a extra simply, sustainable and peaceable world, the place nobody is left behind. It was a manifest for multilateralism as the one approach to deal with as we speak’s crises and to construct a greater future. The declaration centered on everybody on this planet, particularly the youth and future generations, by 12 commitments.
At the identical time, acknowledging multilateralism’s many shortcomings and the necessity to modernise our establishments of world governance to higher confront 21st-century issues, we referred to as upon Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, within the UN75 Declaration to: “report back before the end of the seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges”.
The secretary-general answered our name on September 10 and introduced a report titled Our Common Agenda with suggestions for the General Assembly, earlier than the gathering of world leaders in New York City for the primary time in two years. In the doc, Guterres lays out the selection for world leaders, of both a breakdown or breakthrough situation. He requires world solidarity, a renewal of the social contract to construct belief and to make sure respect for human rights, an finish to the conflict on science, and new approaches to how we measure financial prosperity and progress.
Our Common Agenda, which was welcomed by world leaders throughout the UNGA High-Level Week, emphasises solidarity with younger individuals and generations to return. It incorporates three main advisable actions: convening a summit on reworking schooling in 2022; strengthening the UN youth envoy’s workplace to boost younger individuals’s participation in intergovernmental policymaking on issues that have an effect on their lives; and appointing a particular envoy for future generations.
Perhaps the secretary-general’s most unusual and consequential suggestions centre round his name for extra inclusive and complete multilateralism. To put together the UN to safeguard our world commons, enhance the supply of world public items and reply higher to future world dangers, he suggest convening a summit of the longer term in 2023. Such a course of might contribute to a extra tech-savvy, environment friendly and results-oriented UN 2.0 – a progressive world physique that features at excessive bandwidth.
The proposed 2023 summit concept deserves the world’s highest consideration. Whether the priority is strengthening prevention, detection and response in world public well being, mitigating the triple crises of local weather change, biodiversity loss and air pollution or offering pressing humanitarian aid to war-ravaged individuals, the necessity for robust world collective motion and for a UN 2.Zero has arguably by no means been better.
Achieving an formidable world governance renewal structure in two years will take imaginative and prescient, creativeness and management from dedicated political leaders from throughout the UN’s membership. Building on in depth civil society outreach throughout UN75, and on the Our Common Agenda report over the previous yr, a summit of the longer term would additionally profit from the inventive concepts and public awareness-raising by students, spiritual and cultural leaders, civil society, trade and younger individuals.
Moreover, we very a lot welcome the secretary-general’s proposal to convene a High-Level Advisory Board to suggest a plan on how his suggestions could possibly be achieved. Only by a significant, frank and broad dialogue, the place various views are revered and mirrored within the ultimate outcomes, will humanity achieve making the longer term we wish and the UN we’d like a actuality.
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