Building on major structural reforms since 2017, UN 2.0 encapsulates the Secretary-General’s vision of a modern United Nations system, rejuvenated by a forward-thinking culture, and empowered by cutting-edge skills fit for the twenty-first century.
The right to education and lifelong learning is at the very heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development because education, knowledge and learning are central to the dignity, growth and development of the individual. For centuries, education has been the great equalizer, a driving force of nation-building, and the engine of social, cultural, economic and technological progress. Today, however, beset by twin crises of equity and relevance, education as we know it is no longer fit for purpose.
While the United Nations has successfully averted global conflicts, peace remains elusive for many. As countries remain mired in division, the report on Our Common Agenda serves as a clarion call: New multilateralism is not an option, but a necessity. It insists that peace is a choice we must collectively make. And as the world order shifts, this new form of international cooperation must be more equitable, networked, and effective—lest we risk amplifying human suffering.
As digital platforms become the new public square, they offer unprecedented opportunities for dialogue and mobilization. Yet, these platforms are also Ground Zero for a war on truth, enabling the viral spread of disinformation that threatens democracies and human lives. Amid preparation for the Summit of the Future, a Code of Conduct for Information Integrity is taking shape. Aimed at steering nations and tech giants alike, this could be our best shot at reclaiming the digital frontier for facts and civility. '
With increased congestion in Earth's orbit and a rising number of stakeholders vying for space resources, outer space's safety, security, and sustainability are at a tipping point. As nations increasingly turn their gaze upward, calls grow louder for agile governance to mitigate emerging risks. The Policy Brief outlines policy steps for addressing risks and maximising the potential for peaceful use of outer space.
The international financial architecture is outdated and failing humanity. From egregious borrowing costs for developing countries to underinvestment in global crises like climate change and pandemics, the system is rife with inefficiencies and biases. It's a tale of two worlds, with a growing gap between the haves and have-nots, not just in wealth but in access to a secure future. The clock is ticking on ambitious reforms to make the world's financial architecture fit for the 21st century.
While the digital world expands, its benefits are not shared worldwide. The digital divide is widening from unaffordable smartphones in Africa to a concentration of data power in a few hands. This Policy Brief outlines building blocks for a Global Digital Compact that should ensure that nobody is left behind in tech and digital developments.
GDP fails to account for what truly matters: human well-being, the environment, and long-term sustainability. It follows on the 'beyond GDP' trend, which is accelerated by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs The Policy Brief proposes three game-changing recommendations. First, a renewed political commitment that truly values what counts for people and the planet. Second, a scientific approach that produces a limited set of key indicators to create a "UN value dashboard" that complements GDP. And finally, equipping Member States with the resources and training to employ these new measures effectively.
Involving youth isn't about pandering to them; it's about making decisions more effective and restoring trust in public institutions. With social cohesion teetering and the stakes for the planet at an all-time high, their exclusion isn't just unfair; it's short-sighted. The Policy Brief suggests three key fixes: making youth participation mandatory in UN decision-making processes, expanding their role at all governmental levels, and creating a standing UN Youth Townhall.
An Emergency Platform should be created to deal with future global shocks. This Policy Brief proposed that the Emergency Platform should be a flexible set of on-call protocols that should be activated during emergencies. The Emergency Platform should also harness the UN's unique convening power by bringing together leaders from nations, financial institutions, and civil society to act swiftly in time hats of global duress. The blueprint for the Emergency Platform should emerge from the 2024 Summit of the Future.
This policy brief is the first in a series setting the framework for preparations for the Summit of Future in 2024. It outlines policy priorities for dealing with the rights of future generations. In addition to 'known', there are many 'unknown' challenges. It is a long journey where, by preparing for the future, we shape our society today.
The Future Chair is a concept that should be used in diplomatic meetings and negotiations to remind us of the 'presence' of one missing actor: future generations. Frank Gehry's cardboard chair from 1972 is, so far, the most inspirational…