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July
8
2020

Third Paradise – symbolic art for solidarity in global fight against COVID-19 presented in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – On 8 July 2020 in Nur-Sultan on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and in support of the global fight against COVID-19, the online presentation of the world-renowned artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Third Paradise” art installation was held. The project is organized by the United Nations in Kazakhstan together with “Artios” creative agency and Nur-Sultan City Mayor’s Office. Prominent Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s concept was previously exhibited at the world’s leading art venues and for the first time presented in Kazakhstan.

In light of the growing COVID-19 crisis the “Third Paradise” invites people to dialogue on the future they want to see and serves as a constant reminder on how important it is to strive to create a sustainable environment and conscious consumption. Michelangelo Pistoletto has been developing the idea of ​​this symbol over the past ten years. "Third Paradise" is the third phase of humanity, realized as a balanced connection between technology and nature, which reflects the desire of mankind to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

UN Resident Coordinator for Kazakhstan Mr Norimasa Shimomura noted: “Inclusive growth, prosperity and secure life couldn’t be achieved without peace and society, where people work together to overcome their differences. The “Third Paradise” is an artistic expression of what is represented by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by all counties, including Kazakhstan, back in 2015 and all countries are committed towards achieving them”.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, who has recently recovered from COVID-19, addressing the audience in Kazakhstan, underlined that “It's an honor to represent my work in Kazakhstan. The “Third paradise” is balance, unity and harmony. I hope that this symbol will bring great luck to your country”.

The "Third Paradise" is a combination of progressive art project and traditional materials of nomadic culture of the Great Steppe. In the creation of the 40-meter size installation solely local materials have been used, including 193 square meters of white wool felt, symbolizing the number of the UN Member States, and authentic “basqur” – embroidered ribbons, each of them has an infinity sign in the patterns, thus duplicating the message of the project.

This art is inspired by the mathematical infinity sign, and features three circles which represent the worlds of nature, technology, and a new world where people work together to bridge differences, find sustainable development, promote peace and create dialogue. An important part of the “Third Paradise” concept is an environmentally friendly way of thinking and criticism of anthropocentric consciousness, which also reflects the main ideas and directions of the UN.

The wool felt from which the entire installation is created continues Arté Povera ideas of using natural materials, embodying environmentally conscious art. This symbol transforms reality, and is a vehicle for global ideas to reassemble the world, reflecting unity and sustainable development, which more than ever, resonates in this difficult time of pandemic for all countries”, noted curator of the installation, Director of Artios Ms Dina Baitassova.

During the opening of the installation, several dance and music performances have been held: prominent ethno-musician and composer of Kazakhstan Yedil Khussainov mastered a rare type of guttural singing that fascinates the listener with its mystic and shamanistic vibes. The art installation is placed in the heart of the capital city Nur-Sultan, at the amphitheater in front of the Residence of the President of Kazakhstan – Akorda, and to be displayed during the next two months. In the framework of the project several online educational seminars, master classes and UN75 dialogues are planned.

Previous embodiments of the “Third Paradise” installation have been exhibited in Louvre (Paris), the UN Headquarters in Geneva, at the European Council building in Brussels, Milan, Tokyo and many other cities of the world.

Note for the editors

All video footage from the presentation: https://yadi.sk/d/J9MZ7xzHcFdK4A

Timelapse view of the project creation:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CNxjf92pTQn_fRaiIyUWXy6IkNwmyKlU

Welcoming speeches: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1bokmnprR3ejh82Z_ORgjRGcQCFEcR-L-

Photos of the installation:https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1Rnh11kOSBvPtz3sBj7HvEnxnrJlkGdst

Background information

Michelangelo Pistoletto (born June 23, 1933, in Biella, Italy) is one of the most important artists of our time, who influenced contemporary art of the XX century. The legendary Italian artist, one of the founders of the Arte Povera movement. In the 90s, he created a multidisciplinary project "Cittadelarte" (City of Art). In 2003, he received the “Golden Lion” at the Venice Biennale. Michelangelo Pistoletto is a recognized master of the international art scene. More information about the Third Paradise project: http://terzoparadiso.org/en/what-is

For additional information please contact Press Officer of the UN in Kazakhstan Ms Elnara Bainazarova: +7 701 9400086, e-mail: elnara.bainazarova@one.un.org

 

July
8
2020

UN75 Teams up with One Earth Rising to Reach Gamers

New York City, NY: The United Nations today announced a new collaboration with One Earth Rising™. This partnership will see One Earth Rising providing direct communication support to the UN75's efforts to reach millions of people as it marks its 75th anniversary at a time of great challenge. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in January 2020, UN75 is the biggest ever global conversation on the future we want, and the largest exercise mounted by the UN to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions. 

"One Earth Rising's Social Impact Gaming mission is spearheading positive change within the Video Game Sector." says Lisa Laskaridis, Head of Communications for #UN75 at United Nations. "which makes them a perfect partner to help drive awareness and engagement of the UN75 and to ensure voices of the gaming community are included in this global conversation on our future"

"Our collaboration with the United Nations is all about creating a dialogue with video game players," says Jan Roessner, CEO at One Earth Rising. "There is now an even greater need to engage and encourage us all to be a positive change."

The benefits of this new collaboration include. 

  • Inviting the vibrant video gaming community to take an active role in supporting the UN's UN75 Survey: https://un75.online/partner/one-earth-rising
  • With over 2.5Billion gamers worldwide, the video game industry represents the no.1 entertainment channel globally. 
  • Encourage players and the video game industry to take an active role in making our society and the world a better place for all. 
  • One Earth Rising will also be actively encouraging other video game developers/publishers, to include the QR code within their communication. 

About UN75:
Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative aims to listen to the global public, with particular focus on youth, marginalized communities and new audiences. Over 12 months, the UN75 team will gather public perspectives on global challenges and solutions on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey, online dialogues, formal opinion polling and media analysis. The results will be presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 will focus on how best to take them forward, with a final report to be published in January 2021. For more information, see: www.un.org/UN75 

About One Earth Rising P.B.C.: One Earth Rising™ is a video game development and entertainment company bridging the gap between great immersive experiences and raising people's awareness of social issues in a subtle blend of ideas-driven narratives. They call this: Great Games, Great People. 

As an entity, One Earth Rising is a B-Corp driven by producing profit while meeting the highest standards environmentally, socially, and the company's positive culture as a force for good. 

For all enquiries please contact: press@oneearthrising.com 
For information please visit: www.oneearthrising.com 

One Earth Rising is a registered trademark, all rights reserved 2020. 

 

July
6
2020

ONE Championship Partners With United Nations on UN75

As the United Nations marks its 75th anniversary at a time of great challenge, ONE Championship – Asia’s largest global sports media property – is teaming up with the organization in an effort to get more voices heard, particularly from Asia, in the UN’s global conversation on the future.

As part of this collaboration, several of ONE Championship’s real-life superheroes will invite their fans to take the United Nation’s one-minute survey, which has the aim of hearing from people around the world to bring about positive change.

Those real-life superheroes include ONE Championship Vice President Miesha Tate, mixed martial arts icon Vitor Belfort, ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion "The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, Japanese-Korean superstar Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, Indian wrestling legend Ritu Phogat, Thai star Rika Ishige, Vietnamese-American dynamo Bi Nguyen, and Indonesian darling Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol.

ONE Championship will also host a special webinar entitled TOGETHER AS ONE #UN75. The webinar, which will be released on Tuesday, 14 July, features a panel of speakers that will talk about the responsibility that sport, brand, and business industries have in unifying communities around the globe in 2020 and beyond.

“I’m thrilled to be participating in this webinar with the UN, a global organization that drives international change and brings communities together,” said Hua Fung Teh, Group President of ONE Championship. “ONE Championship, like the UN, is a values-based organization, and our mission is to unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. We believe in the unifying power of sports, especially in these difficult times, and collaboration with entities like the UN represents our continued commitment to effect positive change in the community via our global platform.”

Joining Hua Fung for this webinar will be Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Under-Secretary-General leading the United Nation’s efforts to commemorate UN75, Cheryl Goh, the Group Vice President of Marketing at Grab, and Dr. Daiana Beitler, the Regional Business Lead, Philanthropies at Microsoft Asia.

“It is absolutely crucial that we listen better to the concerns of people across the world and come up with effective solutions on how we can bring people closer together, overcome shared fears, and better serve future generations,” Hochschild said. “Working with a dynamic organization like ONE Championship, we hope that together, we can make a meaningful impact through the UN75 initiative.”

 

June
19
2020

Bridging Foundations for a Liveable Future

With the recent pandemic which has tremendously shaken the world’s life and habits, “Bridging Foundations for a LiveAble Future” emerges as a series of online conversation events intended to connect citizens of the world together around the most important challenges of our time. In the aftermath of this unique context, most of us have questions: What is it that we, as humans, are currently experiencing? What contributions should and can we offer individually and collectively, while this different reality unfolds? How can we change our relationship with our natural resources at large, with our planet and the rest of Mankind?

With all these questions in mind, and because we care for our life today, for that of future generations and for Life on Earth (read our Vision Statement), we've decided to create this unique series of web events and share a new vision of thinking and living. 

These online events will premiere via YouTube and Facebook (see the references of our pages below) and will be subtitled in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.

The genesis of the project

This is an open invitation to all, around the world, looking to follow these free online “Insightful Conversations” and interact with entrepreneurs, researchers, artists, conservationists, writers and more. These inspirational speakers (see full list below) embody different fields and areas of expertise. What they all share is a profound insight in the understanding of living systems.

Unlike many other events of this type, this is not a simple conference, nor yet another long monologue of sorts. Instead of trying to prepare the best questions for our guest speakers, we choose to reverse the process. We invite the speakers to share with us their most meaningful questions. We offer them the opportunity to share with us what it is they are struggling with at this precise moment in history. And to offer us their answer!

"The pace of change is exponential. We must address today the direction we want as humanity. We all have the power to be part of it. We know that the environmental, economic and societal crisis are extremely linked. What kind of future do we want?" said Humberto Maturana.

Starting June 21st, these conversations will be broadcast and released every week “on the air”. They will be guided by such principles as integrity in listening, benevolence of thought and mutual respect. With this, we seek to promote and value a loving approach to conversation, so as to access relevant insights for mankind, and take action rather than suffer passively this time of crisis, today, because tomorrow means nothing.

Speakers

We are incredibly lucky and grateful to welcome some of the most inspirational people during these 5 unique online events. Discover below the list of confirmed speakers (read their bios). More to be announced in the next few days, stay tuned!

 

JANE GOODALL
MUHAMMAD YUNUS
XIMENA DÁVILA
PETER SENGE
ANIL GUPTA
VANDANA SHIVA
OTTO SCHARMER
GONZALO MUÑOZ
FRITJOF CAPRA
SCILLA ELWORTHY
HUMBERTO MATURANA
PEDRO TARAK
MICHEL BAUWENS
ANN MORADIAN
MÉLANIE LAURENT
GUNTER PAULI
MARINA SILVA
ARVID SINGH MEWAR

 

Unlike many other events of this type, this is not a simple conference, nor yet another long monologue of sorts. Instead of trying to prepare the best questions for our guest speakers, we choose to reverse the process. We invite the speakers to share with us their most meaningful questions. We offer them the opportunity to share with us what it is they are struggling with at this precise moment in history. And to offer us their answer!

"The pace of change is exponential. We must address today the direction we want as humanity. We all have the power to be part of it. We know that the environmental, economic and societal crisis are extremely linked. What kind of future do we want?" said Humberto Maturana.

Starting June 21st, these conversations will be broadcast and released every week “on the air”. They will be guided by such principles as integrity in listening, benevolence of thought and mutual respect. With this, we seek to promote and value a loving approach to conversation, so as to access relevant insights for mankind, and take action rather than suffer passively this time of crisis, today, because tomorrow means nothing.

Who are we?

We are a group of individuals and organizations from North America, South America and Europe, who have altruistically mobilized our energies and resources in a process of radical non-profit collaboration to democratize mankind's access to these high-level conversations.

Launching dates

The first event will be released June 21st at 8:00pm CET (6:00pm GMT) on our Facebook page and YouTube channel (see the links below).

Vision statement

The Human way of life is experiencing a crisis... and by holding on to our current way of living, we are bound to recreate, deepen, and expand this crisis further. The consequences of COVID-19 have been a definitive proof that we are globally connected as ONE. We are alive and we live with one another. But, we are one living species, part of the entire Nature. Obviously, until now, things have shown that everything we are doing as humans is having a huge impact on the rest of the world.

We have understood for years that the rhythm of change is exponential. Environmental, economical, and social crises are exploding globally. Now is the time for all of us to find a moment of stillness and reflect upon crucial questions we need to ask ourselves. We must address today, not tomorrow, the direction we want as a species. Everyone and everywhere, it is time to unite and connect globally to carry out local actions towards a liveable future for the sake of all beings on this planet.

Everyday, we all have a real impact on Earth and the power to be part of the change to design our future. What kind of future do we want? A liveable one?

Website : liveablefuture.today

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UComxkvMdU9c1GomWYcibGiA

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/liveablefuture/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/liveablefuture.today/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/LiveableFuture

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/company/liveable-future/

 

June
3
2020

Connecting for a better future

UN global consultation to be supported by Vodafone ‘chatbot’and SMS campaign

3 June 2020, The United Nations is being supported by Vodafone, one of the world’s leading technology communications providers, in helping the UN reach millions of people as marks its 75th anniversary at a time of great challenge. [1]

As the UN continues its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, it has launched UN75 – an ambitious effort to crowdsource priorities and solutions for the future. A one-minute survey, www.un75.online, sits at the heart of UN75, giving people a chance to make their voices heard. The survey asks people to share their priorities for recovery from the pandemic, and to imagine the future they want. The results will be presented to world leaders in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the anniversary. [2]

To help the UN reach as many people as possible, Vodafone – one of the world’s leading technology communications providers – has created a ‘chatbot’, to help promote the survey to its customers in seven European countries. The app, built on Rich Communications Services technology, which brings a visual, interactive chat experience to text messaging, will allow Vodafone subscribers to opt in to the UN75 survey, enabling them to give their views on future priorities for the United Nations. Vodafone will also use standard text messaging to enable customers with older phones to take part. [3]

Joakim Reiter, External Affairs Director, Vodafone Group:

“Vodafone is proud of its long-standing association with the United Nations, and congratulates it on its 75th anniversary this year. We have a shared belief that the opportunities and promise of a better and more sustainable future should be accessible to all, and that the vulnerable among us are not left behind on the journey towards that future. Vodafone is fully committed to using digital connectivity, services and solutions to that end. The recent health crisis, and the dire social and economic ramifications that have followed in its footsteps, is a harsh reminder of how much we all depend on each other, and that by coming together at local, national and international levels, we are stronger.”

Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Under-Secretary-General leading UN75 said:

“Vodafone’s support for UN75 is critical. The United Nations does not want this anniversary to be just another milestone. We want it to be a turning point – bringing people’s hopes, fears and priorities for the future to us, so the UN can better serve them and future generations. The support from Vodafone to disseminate the UN75 survey is catalytic, enabling us to reach and engage people through its mobile network.”

Notes to editors

[1] Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative aims to listen to the global public, with particular focus on youth, marginalized communities and new audiences. Over the next 12 months, the UN75 team will gather public perspectives on global challenges and solutions on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey, online dialogues, formal opinion polling and media analysis. The results will be presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 will focus on how best to take them forward, with a final report to be published in January 2021. For more information, see: www.un.org/UN75 

[2] The survey was created by the UN75 team in collaboration with the SDG Action Campaign (sdgactioncampaign.org/), which is part of the UN Development Programme. The SDG Action Campaign developed the MYWorld survey used to gather views ahead of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 (http://about.myworld2030.org/about-new/). Users complete the UN75 survey on an anonymous basis. They are asked to share demographic data (their age, gender, city etc) to help with analysis. The data is stored on SDG Action Campaign servers and shared only with the UN75 team for analysis purposes. The first analysis report is available at www.un.org/UN75

[3] Vodafone has created an RCS (Rich Communications Services) chatbot to help publicise the UN75 survey. The bot will be promoted to customers, in line with relevant data and privacy protection regulations, in the following countries: Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey. In addition, it will be available on the Vodafone RCS directory in Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. This programme builds on previous Vodafone collaborations with the United Nations including the recent support for the United Nations Global Compact ‘Recover Better’ statement, which urges governments to consider climate science and emissions targets as initiatives to rebuild and recover economies as they emerge from the pandemic crisis.

 

May
29
2020

Facebook supports un75 global consultation as world faces covid-19 crisis

The world’s most prominent social media platform is helping the United Nations reach people across the world at this challenging time

29 May 2020. The United Nations turns 75 this year, as humanity faces an unprecedented crisis. COVID-19 has upended the lives of billions of people around the globe, spreading human suffering and destabilizing our societies and economies.

As the UN continues to help fight the pandemic, it has launched UN75 – its most ambitious effort to date to crowdsource priorities and solutions for the future. A one-minute survey, www.un75.online, sits at the heart of UN75, giving people a chance to make their voices heard at this time of global anxiety and uncertainty. [1]

The survey asks people to share their views on what the UN should focus on to best serve those most in need and make progress on issues such as ending poverty, reducing inequality and tackling the climate emergency. It invites people to share the future they want and contribute ideas on how to make this vision a reality.

The results will be presented to world leaders in September 2020, when the international community will set out a vision for the future at the official commemoration of the UN's 75th anniversary. [2]

To help the UN reach people around the world during its anniversary year, Facebook will provide $1 million in free advertising, along with creative support and guidance on best practices for using its platforms. [3] The UN will use part of the advertising donation to promote a new initiative, Verified, which aims to counter misinformation around COVID-19 and promote solutions for mitigating the social and economic impact and ways to recover better.

Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Under-Secretary-General leading UN75 said:

I am grateful to Facebook for its support in amplifying UN75. The UN does not want this anniversary to be just another milestone but a turning point in bringing people closer together, and in bringing their hopes, fears and priorities for the future to us -- so we can better serve them and future generations. If we are to reach people from all walks of life, we need to meet them where they are - and for nearly a third of the global population, that's Facebook.”

Notes to editors

[1] Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative aims to listen to the global public, with particular focus on youth, marginalized communities and new audiences. Over the next 12 months, the UN75 team will gather public perspectives on global challenges and solutions on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey, online dialogues, formal opinion polling and media analysis. The results will be presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 will focus on how best to take them forward, with a final report to be published in January 2021. For more information, see: www.un.org/UN75 

[2] The survey was created by the UN75 team in collaboration with the SDG Action Campaign (sdgactioncampaign.org/), which is part of the UN Development Programme. The SDG Action Campaign developed the MYWorld survey used to gather views ahead of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 (http://about.myworld2030.org/about-new/). Users complete the UN75 survey on an anonymous basis. They are asked to share demographic data (their age, gender, city etc) to help with analysis. The data is stored on SDG Action Campaign servers and shared only with the UN75 team for analysis purposes. The first analysis report is available at www.un.org/UN75

[3] The ad credits will be deployed by the United Nations on its main Facebook and Instagram accounts (@unitednations). In addition, Facebook has donated creative support through one of its marketing partners, The Source (www.thesource.social),  which will help UN75 adapt its content for social media platforms.

 

May
22
2020

LG Uplus boosts United Nations 75th anniversary outreach

The telecommunications firm is helping the UN to engage South Koreans in global discussions on humanity’s future.

22 May 2020, The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary this year, at a time of great challenge for the world. COVID-19 continues to upend the lives of billions of people, destroying lives and livelihoods, and destabilizing the global economy. [1]

As the UN continues its efforts to fight the pandemic, it has launched UN75 – a global consultation that gives the public a chance to shape our collective future. A one minute-survey, www.un75.online, sits at the heart of UN75.

The survey asks people to share their priorities for recovering from the pandemic, and to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. It also invites ideas on how to make this vision a reality, for all people, everywhere. The results will be presented to world leaders in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the anniversary. [2]

LG Uplus is supporting UN75 by engaging the public in South Korea. It will disseminate the survey through its platforms, hold events to raise the profile of the initiative and work with UN75 to encourage participation. From 21 May, people will be able to take part via the LG Uplus website. [3]

Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Under-Secretary-General leading UN75, said:

It is essential that we listen to the global public at this challenging time for the world. The United Nations wants as many people as possible to take part in the UN75 consultation. I am therefore delighted to be working with LG Uplus. Its extensive reach in South Korea, and expertise in digital communications will help us to engage people across the country.”

LG Uplus CRO Park said:

LG Uplus hopes to share with the world and UN75 perspectives on the current global challenges, solutions like the UN SDGs, and the future we might have in 25 years to help set the direction for the United Nations’ future policy directions.”

Notes to editors

[1] Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative aims to listen to the global public, with particular focus on youth, marginalized communities and new audiences. Over the next 12 months, the UN75 team will gather public perspectives on global challenges and solutions on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey, online dialogues, formal opinion polling and media analysis. The results will be presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 will focus on how best to take them forward, with a final report to be published in January 2021. For more information, see: www.un.org/UN75 

[2] The survey was created by the UN75 team in collaboration with the SDG Action Campaign (sdgactioncampaign.org/), which is part of the UN Development Programme. The SDG Action Campaign developed the MYWorld survey used to gather views ahead of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 (http://about.myworld2030.org/about-new/). Users complete the UN75 survey on an anonymous basis. They are asked to share demographic data (their age, gender, city etc) to help with analysis. The data is stored on SDG Action Campaign servers and shared only with the UN75 team for analysis purposes. The first analysis report is available at www.un.org/UN75

[3] Information on the UN75 initiatives and a link to the customized survey platform for LG Uplus https://un75.online/partner/lguplus will be available on their official website at https://www.uplus.co.kr/ and various social media and blog platforms.

 

May
22
2020

Increased support for Global Solidarity as people unite around the world for a Day of Action

New UN research shows a surge in support for strengthened solidarity across the world. The research is published as hundreds of civil society and community organisations come together for a ‘Global Day of Solidarity’ to call for greater global cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 and to share the acts of kindness and mutual support springing up all over the world.

In research, produced as part of the UN75 initiative, the option of  “Strengthening solidarity between people and nations” ranked second when survey respondents were asked “What (three things) should the international community prioritize to recover better from the pandemic?” - only “Universal access to healthcare” ranked higher.

The majority--60%--of respondents indicated that they are now in favour of more cooperation between countries in light of COVID-19, while only 9% indicated they now favour less cooperation.

A film, produced for the day of action, brings to life what solidarity means, highlighting examples of people coming together to tackle this crisis across the world. On the day, civil society organisations will take action using colour as a uniting theme. This will range from grassroots organisations sending messages of solidarity, children creating paper chains and a social media campaign using #StrongerTogether.

There are a range of actions people can take from signing a call to leaders to deliver a collective plan for the future, donating to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and nominating a hero for the SDG Action Campaign’s ‘Solidarity In Action Award’. The day focuses both on the immediate action needed to confront COVID-19 but also the need for leaders to work together to Build Back Better.

Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Under-Secretary-General leading UN75, said:

“Whilst these are preliminary findings, we are clearly seeing increased support for solidarity between people and countries ranking highly in our survey -- and rightly so. We cannot get through this crisis without working together, and without putting the needs of the most vulnerable front and centre. So I welcome the Global Day of Solidarity that is taking place today. Civil society has a crucial role to play in both the response and the recovery.  Now, more than ever, we have to work in partnership as a global community”

Julia Sánchez, Secretary-General of ActionAid International, said

“Today, we are glad to be working in partnership with many community organisations around the world. The world faces immense challenges and this pandemic has further exacerbated inequalities but there are also incredible acts of solidarity and community action taking place across the world. We are sending a message to leaders that they must support and enable community voices to be heard and not excluded from decision-making at this critical time. This crisis is not an equaliser, it hits the poorest and most vulnerable hardest; so as we plan ahead for the recovery, support must be targeted to those who have been hardest hit.”

Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver, said

“As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies around the world, it is clear that if we truly want to achieve the Global Goals and deliver health, wellbeing, and dignity for all; girls, women and gender equality must be front and center in global and national response and recovery. Women are on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, and we are #StrongerTogether when their unique needs are addressed, and their expertise and leadership is leveraged,”

Alice Macdonald, Campaigns Director of Project Everyone, said

“We’ve created this film to provide a snapshot of some of the amazing acts of everyday kindness we are seeing across the world. In fact, we could have made a feature-length film. We need our leaders to show the same kind of commitment and energy right now and for the long-term if we are to tackle COVID-19 and achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which risk being set back by this crisis.”

Notes

[1] The Global Day of Action has been organised by the SDG Action Campaign, GCAP, Action 4 Sustainable Development and Project Everyone. More information can be found at www.solidarityinaction.org

[2] The film produced for the Day can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzBcu-2yB8U&feature=youtu.be

[3] Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative is markedly different from previous commemorations, with less emphasis on communicating the UN’s successes and a strong focus on listening to the global public, especially young people. Over the course of 2020, the UN75 team will gather public perspectives on global challenges and solutions on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey (in 53 languages) and dialogues – now overwhelmingly online – organised by partners across the world. The results will be presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 will focus on how best to take them forward, with a final report to be published in January 2021. For further information see: https://www.un.org/un75

[4] The data used was gathered between 1 January and 19 May 2020. During this period, 88,279 in 191 UN Member States took the one-minute survey online, in addition to 5,688 who participated through mobile applications. Over 828 UN75 dialogues are now registered in 94 countries. To take the survey please visit:  https://un75.online/

 

May
18
2020

UN75 Dialogue: Climate & Environment Sustainability at a Financial Center, HK

Hong Kong's UN 75th Dialogue jointly hosted by UNESCO Hong Kong Association (UHKA) and Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (HiESD) on the theme of "Climate & Environment Sustainability at a Financial Center, HK" at 4:00 p.m on the 18th of May, 2020. We invited the Chairman of Securities and Futures Commission - Mr. Tim LUI to make the keynote speeches, panel speakers of Prof. Bernard V. LIM, Prof. K C HO, Ir C S HO, with theme moderator by Prof Wilson CHAN from HiESD.


Professor Karen CHEUNG, the Acting President of the UHKA and the Director of the HiESD takes group photo with Dialogue Guests Professor Wilson CHAN (first left), Chairman C S HO (second left), Professor Bernard LIM (first right), and Professor K C HO (second right )

Our current generation is getting close to the tipping point of climate and environmental crisis, and it's accelerating at an unprecedented speed. However, it is by no means impossible to fight through this challenge, just as how the Secretary General of United Nations have ambitiously stated in his opening remarks at 2019 Climate Action Summit: "The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win." The devastating consequences of climate change is inevitably endured by everyone on our planet. Facing such challenge, Hong Kong is utilizing its advantages of being an international financial center to foster the sustainable development of climate and environment, and more importantly, to complement the mainland’s green policies and objectives.

Mr. Lui pointed out the importance to support the development of Hong Kong into a green finance centre in the Greater Bay Area, and set up an internationally recognised green bond certification institution. The SFC were committed to lay link the necessary changes to help Hong Kong Financial Sector manage climate related issues while facilitating green and sustainable economic development. Professor LIM shared how Hong Kong had applied special architectural design, recycled constituents, low carbon building materials and environmentally friendly policy in construction industry. We were in line with international standards and in some fields, and we were proudly beyond the verge of them. Professor KC HO called attention to the prevention, control and management of climate changes from his experiences in the High Arctics. Rising Sea level, Increasing sea surface temperature, worsening climate conditions and the acceleration of shrinking arctic sea ice were all challenges that could be taken as opportunities. On the basis of scientific research, Hong Kong was well prepared to adapt, monitor, forecast and react to changes with positive and active mindsets. Ir HO said that over the years, the Hong Kong SAR Government and the financial community had done a lot of work in promoting green finance. The next step was to carry out regional and global cooperation, such as the Belt and Road cooperation with the Greater Bay Area; further cooperation between various industries, especially with the government; expanding the focus from the needs of large companies to the needs of SMEs. Responding to the UN 75th dialogue, Ir HO further envisioned for cooperation between the Secretary-General of the United Nations and governments to promote and implement green finance policies, expressing his ambitions of utilizing Hong Kong’s advantages to contribute to the development of both regional and global development in the field of green finance.

Professor CHAN summarized in the conclusion of the dialogue that the participants clearly saw the "milestone of sustainable financial development in Hong Kong" through the practice of local and international green cases, reflecting the innovation and leadership of Hong Kong professionals in green sustainability as well as the service capabilities of different countries and regions throughout the local area, the Greater Bay Area, the Belt and Road, and even the polar regions. We wished Hong Kong's sustainable finance to develop at a rapid pace. Let’s work together to shoulder the mission and jointly build a sustainable future under the principle of not leaving anyone behind.

The viewers of the online dialogue were from the United States, Japan, Mainland China and Hong Kong.

The second "Dialogue" will be held at 3 pm on May 30, with the theme "Education, Technology and Talents in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area". Welcome to visit https://www.un.org/en/un75/events

Notes

UNESCO Hong Kong Association (UHKA) is committed to supporting, promoting and realizing the core mission of UNESCO, creating conditions for dialogue among different civilizations, cultures and nations on the basis of respecting common values, and achieving A global vision for sustainable development. UHKA is a registered charity in Hong Kong. Through education, science and culture, it strives to promote sustainable development and promote international exchanges.

Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (HiESD) is an interdisciplinary research-based innovative application college featuring interdisciplinary research and project application and training with the main purpose of promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the implementing agency of the United Nations Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Education (GAP), expert partners and service providers of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (registration number: 12958), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Sustainable Development Goals Collaborative Partner (Registration Number: 26908). The Institute provides basic education, higher education, and continuing education through forums, special training, professional courses, professional certification, special projects, exchange visits, and research camp learning. This continuous development of a lifelong learning system assists companies and organizations to implement and achieve sustainable development goals at all stages.

 

April
20
2020

Public support for international cooperation surges amid global upheaval

Data from 186 countries indicates overwhelming public support for international cooperation – with a significant increase since COVID-19 began spreading around the world. Collected through hundreds of conversations and an online survey, the data is part of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary initiative (UN75). Launched in January 2020, UN75 is the largest exercise mounted by the Organization to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions to global challenges.

New York, April 20, 2020. As the whole UN system unites to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the Organization is also scaling up its efforts to give voice to the global public through its 75th anniversary initiative (UN75). Launched in January, UN75 will run throughout 2020, to give all people the opportunity to shape global priorities by participating in a UN75 dialogue or completing a one-minute survey available at www.un75.online. [1]

Preliminary findings, based on data collected between 1 January 2020 and 24 March 2020, were published today [2] on www.un.org/en/un75/news-events:

1. An overwhelming majority—95%--of respondents agreed on the need for countries to work together to manage global trends, with a noticeable uptick from late February, as the upheaval caused by COVID-19 spread around the world. Support cut across all age groups and education levels. Ideas on strengthening international cooperation included more effective partnerships with civil society and the private sector, and greater involvement of women, youth, indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups in policymaking.

2. Climate and environment topped the list of issues that will most affect humanity’s future – with more than double the responses of any other issue. Conflict and violence came second, and health risks third, having risen sharply since early March.

3. The top five future priorities that emerged were: environmental protection, protection of human rights, less conflict, equal access to basic services, and zero discrimination.

“I look forward to our continued efforts to ensure a meaningful observance of the seventy-fifth anniversary of our Organization, and to use this milestone for reflection on the multilateral cooperation the world needs at this time, both in addressing the immediate pandemic and in achieving the longer-term goals for which the United Nations was founded.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Notes

[1] Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative is markedly different from previous commemorations, with less emphasis on communicating the UN’s successes and a strong focus on listening to the global public, especially young people. Over the course of 2020, the UN75 team will gather public perspectives on global challenges and solutions on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey (in 53 languages) and dialogues – now overwhelmingly online – organised by partners across the world. This data will be complemented by representative polling; academic research; and media and social media analysis in some 70 countries. The results will be presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 will focus on how best to take them forward, with a final report to be published in January 2021.

[2] The data used was gathered between 1 January and 24 March 2020. During this period, 35,556 in 186 UN Member States took the one-minute survey online, in addition to 5,688 who participated through mobile applications. Over 330 dialogues took place in 87 UN Member States, with 56 summaries from 32 of them included in this preliminary analysis.


Read the UN75 Update in full at: https://www.un.org/en/un75/news-events

Join the UN75 conversation at: www.un.org/UN75

 

April
8
2020

The United Nations and Kahoot! announce innovative educational games to engage youth in the #UN75 global dialogue on shaping the future we want.

Kahoot! and the United Nations announce a new collaboration to reach out and engage young people across the globe on what the world should look like in 25 years. What role should international cooperation play in solving the global challenges we all face?

New York, April 8, 2020, the United Nations and Kahoot!, an game-based learning platform, launched a jointly-created set of online educational games and quizzes to engage young people around the greatest global challenges of our time like the Cononavirus pandemic, the climate crisis and the impact of digital technologies. The Coronavirus crisis reminds us that the world is highly interconnected and the need for international solidarity and cooperation– across borders, sectors and generations - is a lifesaving necessity.

To increase engagement in the world’s largest conversation on our future, the #UN75 initiative and Kahoot! have created five quizzes on key issues and mega-trends that the world is currently facing: global health challenges and crisis, a growing and aging world population, global trends in violence and conflict resolution, the challenges and opportunities of modern technology and growing inequality.

“The UN75 wants to hear from young people in particular as they will inherit the global challenges that our generation has not solved. The UN75 Kahoot! games are a great tool to engage young people and, at the same time, educate them about international cooperation. We are thankful to Kahoot! for its collaboration and support to the UN75 dialogue” said Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary.

“Kahoot! is extremely proud to collaborate with the United Nations on this important cross-border initiative. Our hope is that the Kahoot! games made with the United Nations inspire student reflection on some of the world’s most challenging issues—planting seeds for future collaboration and positive global change,” said Eilert Hanoa, CEO, Kahoot!

At a time of the Coronavirus global health emergency, unlike any other in the history of the UN’s 75 years, the #UN75 initiative is gathering solutions, opinions and concerns for the future we want, and the UN we need.

The views and ideas generated through the #UN75 online dialogues and 1-minute survey will be presented to world leaders at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly, 21st of September 2020. Learn more at www.un.org/un75 and our Kahoot page

About Kahoot!

Kahoot! is on a mission to make learning awesome! Kahoot!’s game-based learning platform makes it easy for any individual or corporation to create, share and play learning games that drive serious engagement. Launched in 2013, Kahoot!’s vision is to build the leading learning platform in the world. In the last 12 months, over 200 million games were played on the Kahoot! platform with 1.3 billion participating players in 200 countries. The company is headquartered in Norway with offices in the US, the UK, France and Finland.

 

March
2
2020

The United Nations and Kindred 2020 announce collaboration to engage the business community for 75th anniversary

Kindred and The United Nations will call on business leaders to help the UN define how private sector cooperation will help realize a better world by 2045

New York, NY — March 2, 2020 Kindred and the United Nations announced a new collaboration  that aligns UN75, the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all, and Kindred 2020, the most important event for sustainable, purpose-led business transformation.

Intended to engage constituencies across borders, sectors, and generations, the UN is calling on business leaders to take concrete action to realize a better world by  2045, the UN’s 100th birthday. Taking place on May 11-14 at the San Diego Convention Center, Kindred 2020 will respond to this call to action, as business leaders will define asks and ideas that will be presented to world leaders, the UN’s leadership, and the world.

In calling for participation, UN Secretary-General Antόnio Guterres said: “No country, no community, is able to solve the complex problems of our world alone. We need to come together, not only to talk but to listen. It is absolutely essential that you all join the conversation. We need your opinions, your strategies and your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”

“Business leaders have a unique ability to make more consequential decisions faster than other institutions, and have the potential to make a huge impact on the key issues and Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the United Nations,” said Ian Schafer, co-founder, and chief executive officer of Kindred. “This partnership not only offers them a platform to share the goals they have as individuals but multiply them by the commitments they can make through their organizations and the companies they partner with.”

About Kindred

Kindred builds communities and events that enable brands, nonprofits, and cultural leaders to accelerate sustainable, purpose-led business transformation. Kindred’s inaugural event, Kindred 2020, will happen May 11-14 at the San Diego Convention Center.

To learn more and reserve tickets, visit kindred.live, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About UN75

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations is igniting a people’s debate: UN75. Launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, it promises to be the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want.

In a world of dramatic changes and complex challenges, from the climate crisis to population shifts to the unknown course of technology, we need collective action more than ever before. Through UN75, the United Nations will encourage people to put their heads together to define how enhanced international cooperation can help realize a better world by 2045.

The views and ideas generated will be presented to world leaders at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly, 21st of September 2020.

Join the conversation at www.un.org/UN75

 

January
2
2020

The United Nations launches 75th anniversary dialogues: The biggest global conversation on the world's future starts now.

January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative - the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.

In a ‘global reality check’, four innovative data streams will build the first ever repository of crowd-sourced solutions to major global challenges.

The UN75 dialogues together with a ‘One-minute Survey’ that anyone can take, opinion polling in 50 countries and artificial intelligence sentiment analysis of traditional and social media in 70 countries, will generate compelling data to inform national and international policies and debate.

In calling for participation, the Secretary-General said: “No country, no community, is able to solve the complex problems of our world alone. We need to come together, not only to talk, but to listen. It is absolutely essential that you all join the conversation. We need your opinion, your strategies and your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”

Intended to engage constituencies across borders, sectors and generations, the UN75 team is collaborating with a wide multi-sector network, including the UN Resident Coordinators, for a diverse and global reach, and for dialogues to be convened in every country of the world.

In a global listening exercise, with an emphasis on youth and groups not already engaged with the UN, the UN75 initiative aims to better understand expectations of international cooperation in light of pressing global challenges.

The views and ideas that are generated will be presented, by the Secretary-General, to world leaders and senior UN officials on September 21, 2020, at a high-level event to mark the 75th anniversary.

To inspire and inform the dialogues the UN is also partnering with Vox Media’s brand studio, Vox Creative to create a video informed by interviews with 38 people from around the world, sharing their experiences and opinions related to important global issues, to be launched January 6, 2020. Those who want to be a part of the conversation - physically or online – can see how to join through the website: www.un.org/UN75.

For further information and/or to request an interview, please contact Lisa Laskaridis (un75@un.org)

 

October
24
2019

UN to launch biggest-ever global conversation on the world's future to mark its 75th anniversary in 2020.

On October 24, to mark UN Day, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that next year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.

Starting in January 2020, the United Nations will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations. The aim is to is reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences.

The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realize peace, development and human rights for all. The UN75 initiative seeks to spark dialogue and action on how we can build a better world despite the many challenges we face.

While UN75 seeks to drive conversation in all segments of society - from classrooms to boardrooms, parliaments to village halls - it will place special emphasis on youth and those whose voices are too often marginalized or not heard in global affairs.

In a film released today, the Secretary-General appealed to people everywhere to add their voices to this campaign: “We need your opinions, your strategies, your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”

Through the upcoming dialogues, UN75 aims to build a global vision for the year 2045, the UN's centenary; to increase understanding of the threats to that future; and to drive collective action to realize that vision. Global opinion polling and media analysis will be conducted in parallel to provide statistically representative data.

The views and ideas that are generated will be presented to world leaders and senior UN officials at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly in September 2020, and disseminated online and through partners on an ongoing basis.

For further information and/or to request an interview, please contact un75@un.org.