UN@75

Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75

Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75

This year, the United Nations is celebrating its 75th birthday, and the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN, in collaboration with the Canadian Unitarian Council, will be commemorating that anniversary with a special virtual event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Human Rights: “Our Goal of World Community: the United Nations at 75.” In the current moment of simultaneous global political, social, economic, health, and climate crises, continued involvement with and investment in international cooperation could not be more critical. During this event we’ll talk about how Unitarian Universalists can make our mark for global justice.

Featured speakers:

  • Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association International Office
  • Hawa Diallo, United Nations Department of Global Communications
  • Chris King, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
  • Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations
  • Craig Mokhiber, Director, New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Bobbi Nassar, Co-chair, Nongovernmental Organization Committee on Human Rights at the United Nations
  • Vyda Ng, Executive Director, Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Gillian Sorenson, International Rescue Committee, formerly Assistant Secretary General at the UN, then with the UN Foundation

Register for the event here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com.

[UN Day event] Multilateralism of the Future: How Will Global Cooperation Evolve in the 21 Century?

Join us for this important Geneva-based conversation on Oct. 22 to honor UN Day 2020!

UNTV live broadcast: webtv.un.org/

UN75 and the Global Conversation:

  • Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration
    of the UN 75 Anniversary

In-focus dialogue:

  • Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland, and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Geneva

Moderators:

  • Alessandra Vellucci, Director at United Nations Information Service at Geneva
  • Francesco Pisano, Director, United Nations Geneva Library & Archives

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chars at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. 

{Webinar} Faith Speaks to UN75

You are cordially invited to participate in the webinar Faith Speaks to UN75, scheduled to take place onWednesday October 21, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.(New York time) and facilitated via Zoom.

Please register by October 20th via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu2uqD4uEtWStFEaMfMn1TeZJaAes3vZ.

Concept note

The UN is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great disruption in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic with severe economic and social impacts creates increased challenges for the UN. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) have a history of inspiring people to act and are often the first responders, and longest sustainers, in times of global crisis. Our communities and partners on the ground ensure that basic needs are met for all people, regardless of religion or belief, in the communities in which we live and serve. We reach out to communities that are often the most vulnerable and are left behind. Faith-based actors fill the service gaps usually without government assistance. FBOs continually engage in projects on the ground that specifically further the objectives of the UN Charter, implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as advance other UN mandates that promote the common good.

These long-term commitments to the UN Mission serve to accelerate our constructive partnership in negotiations and reviews of UN frameworks. We must ensure that throughout the UN processes and respective consultations at all levels, FBOs are not only present but also have the opportunity for meaningful engagement earned by protecting fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, worship, and expression.

The continued support and actions of faith-based organizations are essential as we forge ahead to “build back together.” These are also equally essential as we accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for all people, especially for those left furthest behind. For, as the Golden Rule states “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This is a guide for people of all faiths or beliefs. Our core values are largely aligned with the 2030 Agenda. FBOs are well placed to carry innovations and lessons learned across communities and national borders. The UN can benefit from the breadth and depth of faith-based organizations.

We all share a common objective: a future of dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet. This is true regardless of what religion or belief one practices. We need to continue working together through partnerships and strengthened collaboration among faith-based organizations and civil society in general, national governments, the international community, the private sector and other actors.

The panelists and participants in this webinar will discuss the opportunities for creating the space to leverage such partnerships in common cause to build a better world despite the vast challenges we currently face. They will also explore the pathways to make the constructive role of the faith-based organizations in the UN processes more central and impactful, in the context of the UN75 discussion on the future of the UN. Some argue that global leadership in multilateralism is lacking “political will”. In this regard, religious values can inspire people to act, locally, nationally and internationally, at whatever position they are, and deliver results beyond any material consideration.

Panelists:

  • Joop Theunissen, Deputy Chief, Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch, Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development, UN DESA
  • Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
  • Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM – Executive Co-Secretary, Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission, Union of Superior Generals and International Union of Superior Generals
  • Rev. Protopresbyter Dr. Nicolas Kazarian, Director, Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • Saphira Rameshfar, Representative to the UN, Baha’i International Community
  • Rana Yurtsever, Member of Advisory Board, Islamic Society of Midwest
  • Teresa Blumenstein, New York Coordinator, Justice Coalition of Religious,
  • Marvelous (Marvie) L. Misolas, MM, NGO Representative at the UN, Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc.

Moderator: Dr. Despoina Afroditi Milaki, NGO Representative at the UN, International Presentation Association

14 faith-based organizations/sponsors of the webinar: Baha’i International Community, Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Fondazione Proclade Internazionale-Onlus, Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate, International Presentation Association, Islamic Society of Midwest, Justice Coalition of Religious, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, UNANIMA International

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-New York, please visit csvgc-ny.org.

{Virtual from New York} 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons

UNIDOP

IDOP 2020 Program

The NGO Committee on Ageing, in partnership with UN DESA, invites you to the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2020.  Also celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, this virtual event unites UN officials and leaders in the fields of ageing and elsewhere to address the call to action for a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Register here: https://bit.ly/2XWwLm

9:00am – 12:00pm EDT (New York)
2:00pm – 5:00pm GMT (London)

The event will be broadcast live via the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/). The event recording will be made available to all registered participants following the event. For additional information on programme and speakers, go to the NGO COA Website:  http://ngocoa-ny.org/

We look forward to your participation on this special day!

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO committees affiliated with CoNGO: NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org.

Nuclear Weapon Free World: Global civil society commemoration of the UN Day for Nuclear Abolition

September 26, 2020, will be the 7th International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Join people around the world in celebrating the vision of a nuclear weapons free world, raising awareness and calling on their leaders to advance nuclear disarmament.

Organised by #WeThePeoples2020, an initiative of over 100 participating organizations, to promote and engage in the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and key UN days and events.

The Nuclear Weapon Free World event takes place in two parts:
Part 1: Timed to suit people in Asia and the Pacific
Part 2: Timed to suit people in the Americas, Europe and Africa

Registration:

  • Click here to register for Part 1: Asia/Pacific event
  • Click here to register for Part 2: Americas/Europe/Africa event

Each part will have three sessions:

Session 1: 10-12 presentations on nuclear disarmament issues
Session 2: Practical workshops on key approaches to nuclear disarmament, including using the arts, how to move the nuclear weapons budgets/investments to better things, how to engage and empower women and youth, how to engage your legislators (mayors, parliamentarians)…
Session 3: A panel discussion followed by Q&A on how to achieve nuclear disarmament, how to move the nuclear-armed states to relinquish nuclear deterrence, the role of non-nuclear states, how to build on the connections between nuclear disarmament and other key UN issues.

PROGRAM:

Moderators:

  • Part 1: Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic), Deputy Chair of the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, PNND Program Director for Women, Peace and Security;
  • Part 2: Kehkashan Basu (UAE/Canada), Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council, former United Nations Environment Programme Global Coordinator for Children & Youth, and winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize.

Opening comments:

  • Part 1: Yuriy Kryvonos (United Nations), Director of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Part 2: Izumi Nakamitsu (United Nations), UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Presentations, messages and panels with:

Maria Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador), President of the 73rd UN General Assembly (2018-2019), former Ecuador Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence and a poet; Mani Shankar Aiyar (India), Chair of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan Group for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free and Nonviolent World Order and former member of the Indian Parliament; Yasmeen Silva (USA), Partnerships Manager for Beyond the Bomb; Solomon Yeo (Solomon Islands), Co-founder of World Youth for Climate Justice; Prof Azza Karam (Netherlands), Secretary-General of Religions for Peace; Gareth Evans (Australia), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network or Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Co-convenor of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Dr Hedy Fry MP (Canada), Special Representative on Gender Issues for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Rev Emma Jordan-Simpson (USA), Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation USAKaripbek Kuyukov (Kazakhstan), Artist, second generation victim of nuclear tests and Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM ProjectJeremy Corbyn (UK), Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and former Leader of the UK Labour PartyKathleen Burkinshaw (USA), Daughter of a Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor and Author of The Last Cherry Blossom;  Mikyung LEE (Republic of Korea), President of the Korea International Cooperation AgencyJohn Hallam (Australia), People for Nuclear Disarmament and the Human Survival ProjectJackie Cabasso (USA), Director of Western States Legal Foundation and North America Coordinator for Mayors for PeaceFabian Hamilton MP (UK), Shadow Minister for Peace and DisarmamentDouglas Roche (Canada), Former Senator, Member of Parliament and Canadian Disarmament Ambassador; Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan), Convenor of the Abolition 2000 Youth Network, PNND Coordinator for CIS (former Soviet) Countries; Bill Kidd (Scotland), Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear DisarmamentEla Gandhi (South Africa), Founder of the Gandhi Development TrustKelly Slater (USA), 11 times world surfing championCynthia Lazaroff (USA), Founder, NuclearWakeUpCall.EarthAntony Owen (UK), Poet and Patron of the Campaign for Nuclear DisarmamentSooyoung Hwang (South Korea), Disarmament Program Manager, Peoples Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, General Bernard Norlain (France), Vice-President, Initiatives pour le Désarmement Nucléaire. Former Air Defense Commander and Air Combat Commander of the French Air Force; and more to come.

Event outline and program: Click here for the event flyer and program outline with session times. Click here for the full program. Click here for guidance on taking specific action.

For further information contact vanda@pnnd.org or  info@unfoldzero.org.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.

 

[High-Level Meeting] Margins of the General Debate of the Assembly for Beijing+25 Celebration

High-level meeting on the margins of the General Debate of the Assembly at its 75th session to celebrate the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Details to be announced by organizers,

This event is listed among the UN’s 2020 stakeholder opportunities supported by NGLs.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

High-level meeting of the GA to commemorate the UN’s 75th Anniversary

High-level meeting of the GA to commemorate the UN’s 75th Anniversary

Now live

Opening Plenary

Opening Statement by H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the General Assembly

Statement by H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, Seretary-General

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Abdou Abarry, President, Security Council

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Munir Akram, President, Economic and Social Council

Statement by H.E. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President, International Court of Justice

Statement by Youth representatives

  • Ms. Akosua Adubea Agyepong, Ghana
  • Ms. Sharifah Norizah, Social Entrepreneur, Friends for Leadership (FFL), Malaysia
  • Mr. N. Charles Hamilton, Climate Change and Public Health Advocate, The Bahamas
  • Mr. Nathan Méténier, Environmental and Climate Youth Activist, France

Adoption of the UN75 Declaration

As we mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, it is clear that the world has high expectations of us, as the main platform for multilateralism and cooperation on a rules-based international system.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

September 18th – Community-Driven Sessions – 9:00am – 1:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 9:00am – 10:20am

Reaching the Summit: Promoting the Potential of the UN75 Declaration – Baha’i International Community, UN2020, and Together First

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81158216396

Speakers: Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Alya Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Daniel Perell, Representative to the UN for the Baha’i International Community; Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor, UN2020 & Together First; Enyseh Teimory, Communications Officer, Together First, United Nations Association – UK; Cristina Petcu, Research Associate, The Stimson Center; Joshua Lincoln, Senior Fellow, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Community Peace as a Foundation of Security – Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89501354102

Speakers: Oshita Oshita, Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Ademola Lawal, Head of Defence and Strategic Studies, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development

One Earth System, One Heritage, One Pact: Stockholm+50, an Opportunity to Restore a Well-functioning Earth System/Stable Climate – Common Home of Humanity

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88335338518

Speakers: Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Izabella Teixiera, former Minister of the Environment of Brazil, Co-chair of the International Resource Panel; Paulo Magalhães, Founder and President of Common Home of Humanity; Earl James, Board Member, Common Homes of Humanity; Magnus Jiborn, Senior Researcher, Global Challenges Foundation

Empowering Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Peacebuilding – Sophia University in Tokyo

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82604317117

Speakers: Lual Deng, President of Eboni Center in South Sudan Eisei Kurimoto, Professor at Osaka University in Japan; Daisaku Higashi, Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo

Concurrent Sessions 10:30am – 11:50am

Policy Review of a UN Parliamentary Assembly – Democracy Without Borders

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81387087548

Speakers: Andreas Bummel, Co-founder and Executive Director of Democracy Without Borders; Nomsa Tarabella Marchesi, Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of South Africa; Domenec Devesa, Member of the European Parliament of Spain; Alhagie Mbow, Member of the Pan African Parliament of Gambia; Lilita Puig, Member of the Parliament of PARLASUR; Darren Bergman, Member of the Parliament of South Africa

Reinventing the Role of International and Regional Organizations in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Institutions in Times of Crisis: What has Been Done and What is Next? – International IDEA

Webex Webinar Link: https://idea.webex.com/idea/onstage/g.php?MTID=e 7ce6ca4a5f0d9e0ddd91d931b34c4d48

Speakers: Patricia Galdamez, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, Community of Democracies; Francisco Guerrero, Secretary, Strengthening of Democracy, Organization of American States; Khabele Matlosa, Director for Political Affairs, African Union Commission Max Gilbert, Focal Point for the SDGs and Senior Advisor for External Relations, Council of Europe Massimo Tomassoli, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International IDEA

Cutting costs of remittance flows – wrapping up the unfinished business from Agenda 2030 – International Organization for Migration and RTpay

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89075262758

Speakers: Marina Manke, Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, Department of Migration Management, International Organization for Migration; Chris Williams, Chairman of RTpay; Amit Sharma, CEO, FinClusive; Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund; Francis Mugisha, Member of Leadership Team, TransferLink

Concurrent Sessions 12:00pm – 1:20pm

How the Beijing Women’s Conference speaks to us today – Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan

Zoom Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isML-WsLTjiIB ziCqVacXg

Speakers: Soon-Young Yoon, Representative to the UN for International Alliance of Women, co-driver of the fwMAP; Charlotte Bunch, founder and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University; Zonibel Woods, Gender consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank; Uzma Gul, human rights advocate and youth leader; Rahima Sajid, American Pakistan Fellow and youth representative to the UN

“Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21 st Century” book presentation – Global Governance Forum Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87346359062 Speakers: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary Mark Wolf, Senior United States District Judge, Chair, Integrity Initiatives International Maja Groff, Visiting Professor from Leiden University Arthur L. Dahl, President of International Environment Forum August Lopez-Claros, Chair of Global Governance Forum Robert Rotberg, Professor from Harvard University, Kennedy School Joseph Baratta, Historian, Author of The Politics of World Federation Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability

Joining Capacities to respond to regional crises: Calling on Latin American and the Caribbean’s regional organizations? – Plataforma CIPÓ and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

*closed-door session

Speakers: Yadira Pinilla Soto, Advisor to the Director of the Department of the Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions at the Organization of American States ;Luis Consuegra, Strategic Partnerships Advisor at International IDEA; Marina Kumskova, UN Liaison for Global Partnership of Armed Conflict (GPPAC); Adriana Abdenur, Co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ

A fourth pillar for the United Nations? Protecting the United Nations by reforming counter-terrorism – SaferWorld

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83511237817

Speakers: Jordan Street, Policy and Advocacy Adviser at SaferWorld; Marc Batac, Regional Officer at Initiatives for International Dialogue; Ali Altiok, Program Officer for Interpeace USA; Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Special Rapporteur on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism; Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies Ali Altiok, Author and Youth Expert; Lorraine Degruson, Network Coordinator at UNOY

Conserving the Amazon: Financing and Sustainability – Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123759934

Speakers: Daniel Nepstad, Executive Director, Founder, and President of Earth Innovation Institute; Renata Piazzon, Executive Manager of Climate Change at Arapyau Institute; Jonah Wittkamper, Founder of Global Governance Philanthropy Network Walter Vergara, Secretariat at Initiative 20×20; Felipe Cruz Tuxa, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 2)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 2)

OPENING PLENARY – 9:00am – 9:25am

Livestream Link: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/UN75GGForumSept17

Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/QQUR-7389

PARTNERSHIP TRACK – 9:25am – 10:40am

Introduction to the Partnership Track by Maureen Connolly, Forum Director

Sustainable Development Partnerships Presentations

Good Global Citizens: A Dialogue on Wealth and Responsible Tax Conduct for a Fair Post-Covid Global Economy led by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office

Cold Catch: Developing a Cold Chain Infrastructure for the Somali Fishing Industry led by Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future

The International Municipal Investment Fund-Technical Assistance Facility (IMIF-TAF) led by the United Nations Capital Development Fund

The Purpose-First Economy led by Leaders on Purpose

UNDP Accelerator Labs: accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, led by United Nations Development Program

Response by Honorary Co-Chair 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

Peace and Security Partnerships Presentations

Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace led by The French Foreign Ministry for European Affairs

New Alliances to Curb Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems led by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office

The Promise of Youth as Peacebuilders: Making the Case for Investment led by Search for Common Ground

Women Peace Programme led by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies

Building a Network of Peace led by PASO Colombia, One Earth Future Foundation

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Colombia

Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Partnerships Presentations

Digital Identity for the Next Generation led by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Future of Computing Academy, Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age

Mental Wellness for the World’s Growing Refugees, Migrants, and Disenfranchised Peoples led by The Tesseract Group and The Epiphany Film Foundation

Accelerating Connectivity in a Post-COVID World led by the International Telecommunication Union

A Partnership to Support a UN Data Strategy led by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, UN University, and the Global Information Management Working Group

Enhancing Civil Society Space at the United Nations led by UN2020, TogetherFirst, and the Stimson Center

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Aya Chebbi, African Union Envoy on Youth

Climate Governance Partnerships Presentations

Climate Governance Commission: 21st Century Governance Driving Exponential Climate Action led by the Global Challenges Foundation Amazon Rainforest Investor Coalition led by the Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Countering Future Ecological Threats: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Built around the Ecological Threat Register led by the Institute for Economics and Peace

One Earth System, One Common Heritage, One Global Pact led by the Common Home for Humanity

Shifting Power: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in United Nations Field Missions led by the Stimson Center and Energy Peace Partners

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, UN Envoy on Climate Change, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Musical Performance by Yagull

The Roadmap to the Future We Want, the UN We Need  – 10:40am – 11:00am

Distinguished Leaders session presided over by Maryam Nemazee, Al Jazeera Newshour Anchor, Opening Plenary Moderator

Statements of appreciation for the Forum’s “Roadmap for the Future We Want & UN We Need: A Vision 20/20 for UN75 & Beyond” from Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigerian Foreign Minister, Ambassador to the UN, and Co-Chair, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance Q&A with Audience

Closing Plenary Session: Bringing it All Together – 11:00am – 12:45pm

Introductory Video: “UN75 Exchange”between Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary, and three of the forum’s participants from Brazil, India, and Germany Panelists: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75 th Anniversary Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Cho Hyun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Segment 1 Speakers: Innovation Track: Maiara Folly, Co-Founder and Program Director of CIPO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Partnership Track: Juan Fernando Lucia, Director, PASO Colombia, One Earth Future Roadmap: Anja Olin-Pape, Expert on Youth Policy, Global Challenges Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden Segment 2 Speakers: Doreen Bogdan, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Services International Moderator: Conor Seyle, Senior Strategic Advisor, One Earth Future Foundation Q&A with Audience

Community-Driven Sessions – 3:00pm – 6:00pm

 

3:00pm – 4:20pm

Act of Creation: The Story of the UN’s Founding

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82023963825

Speakers: Stephen Schlesinger, Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City, fmr. Director for the World Policy Institute William Durch, Distinguished Fellow, Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center Megan Roberts, Deputy Director of Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation Joris Larik, Professor of International Law at Leiden University and Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow, Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Global Cooperation in the face of increasing ecological threats: Presentation and discussion on key findings from the Ecological Threat Register – Institute of Economic & Peace

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89966884513

Speakers: Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace Michael Collins, Executive Director (Americas), Institute for Economics and Peace Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program, New America Herman Rosa Chávez, Consultant and Researcher, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Claudia Martinez, Executive Director of Economia, Ecología y Ética Asesorías

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 1)

OPENING PLENARY

9:00am – 10:30am

Livestream Link: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/UN75GGForumSept16

Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/REUF-0065

CONCURRENT DIALOGUES

Post-COVID Recovery and the Future of Global Economic and Social Governance
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86964411976  Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/BBWD-3967

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has tracked more than 25 million confirmed cases of the virus globally, already causing nearly 850 thousand deaths (by 1 September 2020). The remarkable speed, global reach, and ease by which the virus crossed borders and is being transmitted between people have sent stock markets tumbling worldwide, with the World Bank projecting the deepest global recession since World War II (an estimated 5.2 percent contraction in global GDP in 2020). This excessive volatility, the sudden drop in confidence by consumers, and severe knock-on economic and social effects have resulted in a swift overnight contraction in cross-border finance, trade, air travel, and other sectors of our hyperconnected global economy, as well as millions of job losses. This session will examine measures to overhaul our system of global economic and social governance, both to respond to the immediate challenge of recovery from COVID-19 and redouble efforts to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Rethinking the World’s System of Collective Security 75 Years After San Francisco
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89314705291 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/JJUP-0643

75 years after its inception, the United Nations faces daunting challenges regarding one of its main tasks: the maintenance of international peace and security. Multiple, concurrent, and recurring intrastate conflicts, exploited by international state and non-state actors, have reversed the declining global trends in political violence witnessed since the end of the Cold War, fueling refugee movements and human suffering, particularly in the fragile and less developed countries. Moreover, the modernization of nuclear weapons arsenals and the collapse of the existing control and disarmament regimes are adding to the global threat scenario. At the same time, the growing roles of women, civil society organizations, and businesses, whose voices are amplified through modern communications technologies, offer new opportunities for effective peacebuilding and governance reform and renewal while more research illustrates the effectiveness of organizing and nonmilitary approaches to security. The complexity of the 21st-century challenges to global peace and security requires a far-reaching overhaul of a peace and security architecture with the United Nations at its core. This discussion, therefore, takes off with a set of proposed reforms to the peace and security architecture of the United Nations that were developed in expert discussions prior to the September 2020 Forum.

Reimagining the Global Human Rights and Humanitarian Architecture
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

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Though a latecomer to the United Nations system’s informal “pillar structure” (and despite fears of backsliding in recent years), human rights has assumed over the past two decades a central space on the United Nations Agenda, alongside more traditional concerns with peace and security and sustainable development. Similarly, with the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the worst refugee crisis worldwide since the Second World War, and proliferation of urgent human needs accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the viability and design of the global humanitarian system has also moved to the forefront of international policy-making. This session will explore steps to reimagine and improve the global human rights and humanitarian architecture, leveraging the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary Commemoration and Declaration in novel ways to ensure that “We The Peoples” drive deliberations on the future of global governance.

Climate Governance: The Paris Agreement and Beyond
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86051900433 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/XVKP-4679

The currently inadequate global governance mechanisms leave humanity exposed to unacceptable levels of risk. Climate and ecological related risks are also interwoven with knock-on effects across other sectors. The window for action is narrowing for the international community, and the current situation calls for unprecedented levels of international cooperation and exponential action across every region of the world, and across the global economy. In response to these catastrophic risks, a number of new business models and technical solutions have been developed and are increasingly being accepted and implemented. However, a truly transformational shift away from a fossil fuel dependency will require global governance solutions that facilitate existing and new ways of delivering on policy goals as described in the Paris Agreement and beyond. This session will explore the leverage points in global climate governance which may allow for solutions to scale and to catalyze the necessary transformation.

A Global Civic Ethic, Countering Rising Nationalism, and The Future of Global Governance
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84617435437 Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/MHTX-2168

Especially in an age of rising nationalism, modernizing and making more inclusive our institutions of global governance requires more than creative, often technocratic proposals recommending new tools and structural change. True global governance transformation must be underpinned by a moral and ethical vision for a more just, inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful world. Drawing insights and teachings from major world religions, philosophers, public intellectuals, and other global civil society actors, this session will speak to the moral and ethical principles associated with growing emergence of a Global Civic Ethics and the accompanying notions of global responsibility and citizenship. The roots of — and effective strategies for countering — exclusive forms of nationalism (which undermine and erode efforts to strengthen global cooperation and responsibility) will also be explored.

The Future of Philanthropy in Global Governance
Day and time: Day 1, September 16, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

Livestream Webinar Link: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/UN75GGForumFOP                                                       Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/YYTU-3866

This lively and interactive session will feature leading voices in the philanthropic sector working, in partnership with civil society, the private sector, governments, and the UN system, to build a more inclusive, effective, and just system of global governance. The dialogue will be framed around the past and present advances in global governance philanthropy, as well as future considerations for philanthropy and global governance systems. It will consider how philanthropic institutions worldwide can best empower and catalyze other partners seeking to achieve progressive changes in the global governance architecture, to better address issues of equitable sustainable development, human rights, and peace and security.

Technology, Financing and Global Governance Partnerships for Good Global Citizenship
Day and time: Day 1, Sept. 16, 12:00 – 1:30pm EST

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In this challenging time, the need for universal connectivity and inclusive finance is greater than ever before. With the backdrop of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary, this session will explore how rapid advances in technology for digital cooperation and new perspectives of global citizens (private and corporate, national and multinational) can advance a more fair global economy for the better. The speakers include thought leaders who are innovating how global collective action problems can be addressed in our hyperconnected global economy. This interactive dialogue will give special attention to transformative approaches for fostering a more secure, just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable recovery to the COVID-19 crisis.

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