“Our Common Agenda” report looks ahead to the next 25 years and represents the Secretary-General’s vision on the future of global cooperation and reinvigorating inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism. The Secretary-General presented his report to the General Assembly in September 2021 before the end of the 75th session of the General Assembly.
Secretary-General’s statement to the General Assembly (10 September 2021)
Secretary-General’s press conference (10 September 2021)
General Assembly resolution (15 November 2021)
A moment for reinvigorating multilateralism
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.
Member States identified 12 areas of action that can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism.
LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND
PROTECT OUR PLANET
PROMOTE PEACE & PREVENT CONFLICTS
ABIDE BY INTERNATIONAL LAW & ENSURE JUSTICE
PLACE WOMEN & GIRLS AT THE CENTER
IMPROVE DIGITAL COOPERATION
UPGRADE THE UNITED NATIONS
ENSURE SUSTAINABLE FINANCING
LISTEN TO & WORK WITH YOUTH
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:
Working with the President of the General Assembly and partners, including inclusive, informal networked breakfast series accross 12 UN75 themes hosted by UN Foundation
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
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
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.
Our world can only get ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic one way — together. A global response based on solidarity will save lives, protect people and help defeat this vicious virus that has already claimed more than two million lives.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society.
With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.
Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential. Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development.
The Secretary-General announced the formation of a High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) that will be tasked with developing an independent report. The report will reflect substantive research into effective multilateralism and global public goods and will contain concrete recommendations for the Secretary-General and Member States ahead of the 2023 Summit of the Future.