collective action

From Words to Action: The UN Secretary General’s “Our Common Agenda” Report

The UN Secretary-General’s much anticipated “Our Common Agenda” report will be presented to the General Assembly on Friday, September 10 2021 at 10am EDT.

Watch live on UN webTV at 10:00 am EDT here:

The report follows the UN75 Declaration, adopted September 21 2020, when member states commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations promised to fulfill 12 key commitments across the global agenda and mandated the Secretary-General “to report back with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.”

Reflecting the importance of the Our Common Agenda report, the Secretary-General’s office initiated preparations earlier this year that included consultations with Member States, youth representatives, UN officials, academic experts and civil society. The report on the “We the Peoples” online consultations with civil society, which generated 523 proposals for a stronger UN from 1,759 participants from 147 countries, will also be released September 10.

In a letter sent to UN missions in August, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Co-Chair of the Coalition for the UN We Need (C4UN) and Danilo Türk, President of the Club de Madrid called on world leaders at the upcoming General Assembly High-level segment to reinforce the necessity of collective action to strengthen multilateralism.

According to Espinosa, “We recognize that responding to the challenges and threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic is the overriding priority for governments around the world. But the pandemic also reinforces the social solidarity and awareness of humanity’s shared need to strengthen global cooperation.”

Upcoming C4UN communications will provide additional information and analysis on the Common Agenda report as well as events in September and October where the reports recommendations will be discussed in greater detail. Read the Regional Consultations report here.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at or For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit

[Virtual Dialogue] Awareness-based Collective Action

Awareness Based Collective Action: Dialogue Series with Otto Scharmer

9:00am – 10:30am EST

Join the seminar on July 16 via Zoom here with password: SDGi

Join the start of a dialogue series which launches a learning journey with the intention to build our literacy in transformation – so that we can collectively take steps towards a more sustainable future. Otto Scharmer and esteemed guests will explore methods and tools of deep systems change. Sessions will include intellectual input and framing from thought leaders, mindfulness moments, action learning, deep listening in small circles along with shared group reflection within a global community. discussion on local action, which is key to turning economic and social behavior around to create opportunities for socio-economic recovery under a new light for the 2030 Agenda. Registration and more info here.


Dr. C. Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT and Co-founder, Presencing Institute


Dr. David M. Malone, Rector of the United Nations University; Under-Secretary-General

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Administrator, UNDP

Laurel Patterson, Head, SDG Integration Team, UNDP


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Literacy and Learning, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY, please visit