UN reform

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TakeAction for May 2020: The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Next Steps for UN2020

The UN75 People’s Forum for the UN We Need was held on May 14th and 15th. With registered participants from 75 countries around the world, and over 600 attendees each of the two days, and more joining through YouTube and Facebook Live, “We the peoples” sent a strong message to the UN and Member States […]

UN2020 moving forward despite Coronavirus restrictions

With the UN buildings in New York shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the organization’s meetings and work is currently taking place online.  The lack of face-to-face meetings frequently leads to postponed or truncated negotiations. Decisions are often based to an even greater extent than usual on a “lowest common denominator” — the […]

UN2020 Campaign Update

The UN2020 Campaign works in partnership with civil society, governments and the UN to generate support for using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system.  Like many organizations, businesses and households responding to the new coronavirus, the Campaign has moved even more of its […]

WFMC News for January 2020: UN2020 campaign update

The UN2020 campaign is dedicated to using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system in partnership with civil society, governments, and the UN in support of a people-centered multilateralism. The next UN2020 Global Update conference call is scheduled for Friday January 31 […]

TakeAction for January 2020: Building global governance (and the United Nations!)

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. UN2020 strategy meeting, New York, November 2019 The UN2020 Initiative is a civil society partnership dedicated to using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system in partnership with civil society, governments, and the UN in […]

UN2020 and the opening of the UN General Assembly

The UN2020 initiative is dedicated to using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system in partnership with civil society, governments, and the UN in support of a people-centered multilateralism. Check out the UN2020 Facebook page for highlights from this week’s opening of the 74th […]

TakeAction: Building a stronger United Nations

This September, world leaders arrive at the UN in New York to draw attention to the issues that matter to their countries and discuss how best to cooperate globally to address the major crises humanity faces. From climate change to pandemics to conflict, one theme underpins all these issues: the need for stronger and more […]

UN2020 Campaign Update

The UN2020 Initiative is a civil society campaign calling for using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations as an opportunity to review and strengthen the organization.  The campaign has accelerated in recent months following adoption (June 2019) of a UN “modalities resolution” that sets out the framework for the 2020 commemorative activities and Leaders Summit. The theme for the […]

“Modalities” … and how political process shapes outcomes

The polarized nature of intergovernmental relations at the United Nations has been on display the past month, as governments debate the “modalities” for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the organization in 2020.  “Modalities” refers to the specific elements and commitments of various parts of the UN system to a particular process.  In this case, while the […]

Progress on the road to 2020

WFM – Canada Board member Florencia Gor, pictured at right with the United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Foreign Minister of Ecuador.  Florencia Gor led the UN2020 Initiative’s efforts earlier this month in Buenos Aires. Argentina, organizing a side event at the United Nations High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation. […]

UN2020: Intergovernmental process gets a re-boot

Since January 2017, the UN2020 Initiative has facilitated discussions with many Member States, Secretariat officials and other UN stakeholders on the need for a successful, adequately prepared 75th anniversary commemoration in 2020, one that includes a meaningful process of stocktaking, review and strengthening for the organization. In 2018 deliberations within the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc […]

UN2020: Landing pad or launch pad?

pdf available by Fergus Watt  The UN2020 initiative is a civil society-led consortium calling for a United Nations 75th anniversary that includes a meaningful process of stocktaking, renewal and reforms that strengthen the organization. The campaign is led by WFM-IGP and a growing network of civil society partner organizations. On the basis of consultations in […]

Practical Ideas for UN Reform

pdf available by John Trent On May 10, 2018 Canadian federalists John Trent and Laura Schnurr introduced their book, “A United Nations Renaissance: What the UN Is and What it Could Be” at an event hosted by the United Nations Bookstore. The following are excerpts from Prof. Trent’s remarks. Let me propose three actions that […]

UN2020: Preparing the UN2020 Summit

The year 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This provides a much-needed opportunity for system-wide stocktaking, strengthening and renewal. The pillars of the UN and of the Charter – Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development – must be strengthened. The UN2020 Initiative calls for government leaders and civil society to come together for […]

Renewing the United Nations

In a previous newsletter, the publication of WFMC Board Chair John Trent’s book, “A United Nations Renaissance: What the UN is and what it could be,” co-authored with Laura Schnurr was mentioned. The book not only describes the United Nations’ structure, but also sets out a number of practical suggestions describing ways the UN can be progressively […]

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