{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum

UN75 Global Governance Forum



The UN75 Global Governance Forum seeks to promote a more inclusive and effective United Nations through dialogue and recommendations that better harness the ideas, capabilities, and networks of both state and non-state actors for achieving the UN’s commitment to peace, sustainable development, human rights, and a stable climate.

As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations under the banner “the future we want, the UN we need”, we reflect on the complex challenges facing our world, including cross-border health pandemics, economic shocks, inequality, climate instability, and threats to peace and security, and bring forward a call to action. Talking about what the UN system can do for us and the changes required is important. An even more critical challenge is to engage stakeholders from within and outside the world body to co-create partnerships and pathways to the future we fervently desire and a United Nations that inspires and serves all humanity.

Forum Goals:

  • Initiate a new generation of scale-able, multi-stakeholder partnership iniatives that better harness, for 2020 and beyond, the ideas, capabilities and networks of state & non-state actors for achieving the UN’s commitment to peace, sustainable development, human rights, and a stable climate
  • Build consensus around a strategy for a select number of “global governance institutional, policy, and normative innovations.


Welcome Remarks by Moderator

Opening Comments on “Where We’ve Been, What We Hope to Accomplish” by Maureen Connolly, Forum Director Statement from a senior UN Leader (TBD)

Opening Panel on “The Future We Want, The United Nations We Need”

Speakers: Ban Ki-Moon, Eighth UN Secretary-General, Deputy Chair of The Elders, and President & Chair, Global Green Growth Institute

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, Ambassador to the UN, and Co-Chair, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance

Gro Harlem Brundtland, Co-Chair, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Member of The Elders, and former Director-General of the World Health Organization and Prime Minister of Norway


CoNGO Notes: The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the UN has a number of full members participating actively in a variety of initiatives commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. CoNGO has issued its position on the commemoration by way of two important statements–the CoNGO Declaration on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the UN and the CoNGO Statement on COVID-19 Recovery: Building Back Better.

Virtual Townhall Meeting of Civil Society and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Virtual Townhall Meeting of Civil Society and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

 31 August 2020
10:00am – 11:15am EST

Dear Friends,

As in all crises, women’s civil society organizations have been at the front line of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting life-saving information and public health messaging, building institutional trust and community resilience, and helping inform and engage marginalised communities. Hearing their perspectives is critical to informing effective response and recovery. Young women are particularly impacted – from education to job opportunities. They have also been those at the forefront of calling for a recovery that is more inclusive, equal, climate just, and resilient.

Owing to the cancellation of the Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, the Secretary-General’s annual consultation with women’s civil society was postponed. The virtual townhall will provide an opportunity in this moment for women’s civil society organization to engage with the Secretary-General on the issue of the COVID-19 crisis, sharing their experiences of the impact of the pandemic and their recommendations to the UN in addressing the crisis and rebuilding a more sustainable and inclusive future, as well as its role in protecting and promoting women’s rights and agency  within this new context.

We welcome you to view the live webcast moderated by UN Women Executive Director,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at http://webtv.un.org/

You may find the concept note here and the official invitation here.


CoNGO Notes:

High-Level Political Forum 2020


The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2020 will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 14 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. .

The theme will be “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development “.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expected limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, the ECOSOC Bureau is planning to make adjustments to the format and programme of HLPF 2020. Available technological solutions for virtual sessions and interaction are being explored – including for presentations of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Any potential physical participation will have to be limited to New York based delegates only. All side-events will be virtual. The final format and programme of HLPF will follow the recommendations of the UN Medical Director regarding the convening of in-person meetings. More information will follow as soon as there is more guidance on the situation.

For more information, visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020

Annual Meeting: Academic Council on the UN (ACUNS)


2020 Annual Meeting – UN @ 75: The Future of Partnership and Multilateralism

Register at: https://acuns.org/am2020/

The signing of the UN Charter in 1945, signaled the beginning of the new dawn in multilateralism. 75 years later we need to ask ourselves: what future do we want and what UN do we need (for that future)?

The 2020 ACUNS Annual Meeting not only provides an appropriate moment to critically reflect on 75 years of UN history, but also and perhaps more so provides an opportunity to constructively discuss the future of multilateralism and the role of partnerships in the future governance of our common global good. UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call “to promote and support a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system” is timely. Brexit; the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and UNESCO; Uzbekistan’s withdrawal from the Eurasian Economic Community; The Philippines’ and Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court; and Japan’s withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission, can all be cited as examples of what many consider to be a ‘crisis in multilateralism.’

Crises in multilateralism are not new, but now more than ever, the opposition to multilateralism seems to be triggered by a fateful combination of nationalist and populist tendencies in politics, and a growing distrust in international organizations among the people whom governments and inter-governmental organizations intend to serve. There is a need to not only reaffirm and reinvigorate the merits of multilateralism, but also to reconceptualize multilateralism as an all-inclusive and
encompassing global partnership. The UN has the potential of becoming our global partnership hub; not only as a landing platform for all stakeholders at all levels: public and private; international, regional, national and local; civil society and business; political parties, faith groups, labor unions, professional associations and educational institutions; but also—and more so—as springboard towards a new-multilateralism.

SDG 17 calls for multi-stakeholder partnerships in such crucial issues as capacity building, the co-production of knowledge and innovation, enhanced policy coherence, and entrepreneurship must be met with a strengthened effort to (re)build trust among those with a stake and an interest in the future of multilateralism and global partnerships. The Academic Council on the United Nations System therefore invites you to submit individual paper proposals and panel proposals on a wide variety of topics and issues that speak to the general theme of the Annual Meeting: UN @ 75: THE FUTURE OF PARTNERSHIP AND MULTILATERALISM.

Such proposal topics can include, but are not limited to:
> Public-private partnerships
> Trust building
> Leadership and resilience in multilateralism
> The role of the Global South in multilateralism and Global South partnerships
> The role of business and corporate stakeholders
> The history and future of multilateralism and international organizations
> The relationship between NGOs and IGOs
> The reform of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations
> The role of higher education in researching and teaching multilateralism and partnerships
> Local communities in/and global governance
> (Future) technologies in the development of dialogues between different stakeholders
> The position of young people in determining their future
> The cooperation between global and regional IGOs
> The future governance of such issues as development, security, education, and health

The deadline for submitting proposals is Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

UN75 Dialogue: Climate Action and Resilient Communities

A UN 75 Dialogue, sponsored by the Global NGO Executive Committee

This event will be on Zoom.

Please RSVP before 7:00 AM EST on June 16th at: bit.ly/RSVPClimate616 

Flyer/Poster link: bit.ly/FlyerJune162020

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, a time to reassess the UN’s role in the world.  On Tuesday June 16, 2020, join us for a UN75 Zoom dialogue on climate change.

UN75 is an opportunity to focus on three core questions.

  1. What kind of future do we want to create?
  2. How do we get on track to secure that future?
  3. What specific and new actions are needed by the UN?

The invited speakers for this UN75 Dialogue represent a diverse array of organizations; they are directly involved in community resilience programs while seeking to restore a reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth. Their work collectively contributes to greater harmony within local ecosystems, both social and environmental, while remaining keenly aware of the positive implications for the global context.  We have invited them to share both their unique perspectives and professional work in the context of how a repositioned UN development system can better assist their efforts to create resilient, low-carbon communities.  We also encourage them to discuss their thoughts on how we can more effectively implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This dialogue is organized by the Global NGO Executive Committee (http://globalngoexecom.org), formerly the NGO DPI Executive Committee (http://ngodpiexecom.org).


Fannie Munlin, Global NGO Executive Committee
Sachem HawkStorm, Schaghticoke Nation
Satya Tripathi, UNEP
Annerieke Douma, Circle Economy
Devopriya Dutta, Tarumitra
Parmita Sarma, Akshar Foundation
Nadine Clopton, Global NGO Executive Committee, GYCAD, & CLAN


Global Youth Climate Action Declaration (GYCAD)
NGO Committee on Sustainable Development
NY SDG Impact Awards
Akshar Foundation
Tarumitra NGO
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Lehigh University
Long Island University

CoNGO Notes:  For more information about the event’s organizer, Global NGO Executive Committee, visit http://globalngoexecom.org.

e-Conferennce: Strategies for Transformative Global Leadership (Global Leadership in the 21st Century)

LATEST UPDATE: Click here to register for the Strategies for Transformative Global Leadership e-Conference on June 15-19, 2020

AGENDA AND SPEAKERS, click here: worldacademy.org/conferences/stgl


Dear NGO Representatives,

On behalf of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, this is an update about the project Global Leadership in the 21st Century, which is being implemented by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) in collaboration with the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS).

Following the briefing conducted at UN Geneva on 8 November 2019 and a survey of the NGOs that followed to elicit ideas and experiences related to the core themes of the project, a five day e-conference will take place on 15-19 June 2020 to present ideas and recommendations from various organizations on catalytic strategies for transformative global leadership with the objective to bring together and synthesize the best ideas. The results of the e-conference will feed into the main conference to be organized at the Palais des Nations on 27-28 October 2020 and the final report of the project.

Please find attached an update on the Global Leadership in the 21st Century project as well as a call for proposals for the June e-conference.

Thank you for being part of this important project.


Cher(e)s représentant(e)s d’ONG,

Au nom de la directrice générale de l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève, Mme Tatiana Valovaya, voici une mise à jour sur le projet “Global Leadership in the 21st Century” (Leadership mondial au 21e siècle). Ce projet est présentement mené par l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève (ONUG) en collaboration avec la World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS).

Suite à la séance d’information organisée à l’ONU à Genève le 8 novembre 2019 et à l’enquête menée ensuite auprès des ONG pour recueillir des idées et des expériences liées aux thèmes centraux du projet, une conférence virtuelle de cinq jours aura lieu du 15 au 19 juin 2020 pour présenter les idées et les recommandations de diverses organisations sur les stratégies catalytiques pour un leadership mondial transformateur, avec pour objectif de rassembler et de synthétiser les meilleures idées. Les résultats de cette conférence alimenteront la conférence principale qui sera organisée au Palais des Nations les 27-28 octobre 2020 et le rapport final du projet.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint une mise à jour sur le projet “Global Leadership in the 21st Century” ainsi qu’un appel à propositions pour la conférence virtuelle de juin (en anglais).

Merci de faire partie de cet important projet.


NGO Liaison Unit

Political Affairs and Partnerships Section
Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva
Palais des Nations
T: +41 22 917 1304 / 2178 | F: +41 22 917 0583
(New) E: unog.ngo@un.org


CoNGO NOTES: CoNGO is a partner organization of the event.

Forty Third Regular Session-UN Human Rights Council (Resumed)

To all Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva:
The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva and has the honour to inform them that the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council will resume on Monday 15 June at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations. Attached for ease of reference is the provisional programme of work for the session.
The online list of speakers for all remaining general debates and interactive dialogues of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council will reopen on Thursday 11 June 2020 at 2 p.m. for civil society and at 4 p.m. for government delegations. Delegations that already registered for the remaining general debates and interactive dialogues before the session was suspended on 13 March may access the system to verify their details but will not need to register again.
Detailed information on the list of speakers, uploading oral statements for posting on the HRC Extranet as well as on the submission of video messages for the plenary debates is contained in the attached guidance notes.
All delegates wishing to participate in the resumed 43rd session are requested to register their participation with the Secretariat through the following INDICO registration page: https://indico.un.org/event/34469. When submitting a registration request, delegates are required to indicate if they already possess an annual accreditation or if they need a temporary badge to be issued for the session only. Representatives with annual badges will be able to access the Palais des Nations upon registration with their existing annual badge. In order to ensure contact tracing, badges will be electronically scanned by security officers upon entry to the plenary room.
The deadline for the submission of written revisions of draft proposals that were tabled before the suspension of the 43rd session is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, whereas the deadline for the submission of written amendments will be at 1 p.m. on the same day.
The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Permanent Missions the assurances of its highest consideration.
Secretariat of the Human Rights Council
À toutes les missions permanentes auprès de l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève:
Le Secrétariat du Conseil des droits de l’homme présente ses compliments aux Missions permanentes auprès de l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève et a l’honneur de les informer que la 43e session du Conseil des droits de l’homme reprendra le lundi 15 juin à 10h00 dans la Salle de l’Assemblée du Palais des Nations. Pour faciliter la consultation, vous trouverez ci-joint le programme de travail provisoire de la session.
La liste en ligne des orateurs pour tous les débats généraux et dialogues interactifs restants de la 43e session du Conseil des droits de l’homme rouvrira le jeudi 11 juin 2020 à 14h00 pour la société civile et à 16h00 pour les délégations gouvernementales. Les délégations qui se sont déjà inscrites aux débats généraux et dialogues interactifs restants avant la suspension de la session le 13 mars peuvent accéder au système pour vérifier leurs coordonnées mais n’auront pas besoin de s’inscrire à nouveau.
Des informations détaillées sur la liste des orateurs, le téléchargement des déclarations orales pour publication sur l’Extranet ainsi que sur la soumission de messages vidéo pour les débats en plénière figurent dans les notes d’orientation ci-jointes.
Tous les délégués souhaitant participer à la reprise de la 43e session sont priés d’enregistrer leur participation auprès du Secrétariat via la page d’inscription INDICO suivante: https://indico.un.org/event/34469. Lors de la soumission d’une demande d’inscription, les délégués sont tenus d’indiquer s’ils possèdent déjà une accréditation annuelle ou s’ils ont besoin d’un badge temporaire à délivrer pour la session uniquement. Les représentants munis de badges annuels pourront accéder au Palais des Nations sur inscription avec leur badge annuel existant. Afin d’assurer la recherche des contacts, les badges seront scannés électroniquement par les agents de sécurité à leur entrée dans la salle plénière.
La date limite pour la soumission des révisions écrites des projets de propositions qui ont été déposés avant la suspension de la 43e session est fixée à 11h00 le mardi 16 juin 2020, alors que la date limite pour la soumission des amendements écrits sera à 13h00 le même jour.
Le Secrétariat du Conseil des droits de l’homme saisit cette occasion pour renouveler aux Missions permanentes les assurances de sa très haute considération.

Secrétariat du Conseil des droits de l’homm

Updates to the schedule of the UN Human Rights Council are available here:



CoNGO Notes:

  1. For information about the engagement of non-governmental organizations with the Human Rights Council, see: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/NgoParticipation.aspx
  2. For information about how CoNGO’s engagement with the issue of human rights and with the Human Rights Council, contact the NGO Committees on Human Rights in Geneva and New York.

UN75 Global Health Themed Consultation

This consultation is for those who are interested in global health and want to weigh in on big questions impacting people all over the world, including, but not limited to, COVID-19.

This year, the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced that the UN is hosting the world’s largest global conversation on creating the future we want by 2045, when the UN celebrates its centennial. The UN is inviting civil society, businesses, political decision-makers, youth advocates and so many others to share their thoughts on the current state of the world, and is asking us all how we can work together to improve our world so that everyone, everywhere, can live their best lives.To provide UN advocates with an opportunity to share their visions and recommendations, UNA-USA is hosting virtual state-wide UN75 consultations across the country over the next few months. UNA-USA is inviting you to participate in Pennsylvania’s virtual UN75 consultation to share your thoughts with the UN.

For these consultations, the UN is asking three major questions:
1. What kind of future do we want to create?
2. Are we on track to secure a better world?
3. What action is needed to help us achieve a brighter future?

Following each of these consultations, a report will be submitted to the UN to share advocates’ recommendations to help shape the UN’s priorities for the future.

To register:


Please note that by participating in this consultation, which will be recorded, you agree to your image, name, voice, or likeness being used by the UN Foundation for promotional and/or educational purposes.

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