International Order & Conflict

UN75 2020 & Beyond: Global Governance Forum 2020

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Designing a Roadmap to The Future We Want, The UN We Need

  • June 23, 2020
  • 2:42 pm

On September 16th and 17th, 2020, we will gather virtually to honor the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. A cornerstone of international order since 1945, the United Nations must continue to adapt and innovate to respond to new threats, challenges, and opportunities in our current age of complexity.

We will convene stakeholders from civil society (including youth), scholars, policy entrepreneurs, UN system bodies and Member States, the private sector, and philanthropic institutions to honor the principles of multilateral cooperation upon which the UN was founded.

In this spirit, participants will seek collectively to raise the ambition of the UN75 Declaration—to be finalized in June 2020 by Member States—by initiating new multi-stakeholder pilot projects toward the realization of “the future we want, the UN we need.” In an era of accelerated connectivity and advanced technology, we aspire to forge a roadmap to bring a fresh, modern perspective to the UN Charter’s founding principles to update our vision and promote a truly “people-centered” architecture for global collective action.


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.






Since its founding in 1945, governments have strived through the United Nations to create a system that addresses global challenges around the three main pillars: Peace & Security, Development, and Human Rights. Climate governance has now, in effect, become the world body’s fourth pillar. Though the emergence of global civil society and the business community have added new capabilities to our global governance system, the complexity of the modern world—including, for starters, the harmful spread of the COVID-19 virus and its devastating financial and economic consequences, the disruptive effects of new technologies, the threat of runaway climate change, rising violence in fragile states and regions, and record migration and refugee levels—is outpacing our collective ability to manage globalization for the benefit of all nations and peoples.

Today, learning from both failures and hard-fought successes, we know much more about what an effective holistic process for progressive global change looks like—harnessing the thinking, resources, and connections among state and non-state actors across the UN system’s four pillars (i.e., building effective partnerships)—and the specific global norms, policies, and institutional reforms needed (i.e., promoting innovation), to achieve a new end state that better serves the shared aspirations of all humanity.

The UN75 Global Governance Forum is premised on the idea that diverse stakeholders, working collaboratively and empowered by new technologies, represent the best way forward toward achieving both the future people worldwide are calling for and the new United Nations we so urgently need.

Fabrizio Hochschild (TBC) – Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary
Natalie Samarasinghe – Chief of Strategy in the Office of the Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary

The UN75 Global Governance Forum is organized around Four Thematic Pillars:

Two Tracks (Invite Only)

Track 1: Partnerships

Across the forum’s four pillars (peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and humanitarian action, and climate governance), plenary presentations and breakout groups will explore new kinds of multi-stakeholder partnerships composed of UN system departments/agencies, states, the private sector, philanthropists, and broader civil society groups from all regions.

While the forum’s Day 1 will focus on the formulation of pre-vetted partnerships to achieve specific outcomes, Day 2 will seek to nurture the development of 15-20 new multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the mission of the United Nations across its main pillars of action.

The partnerships will be drawn from various stages of development. Each partnership will represent an opportunity to be scaled and replicated in the future. Each of the partnerships showcased will be presented to the UN75 Leaders Summit, planned for 21 September, in New York.

Track 2: Innovation

Building on preceding online and in-person global and regional policy dialogues and an e-consultation, this track will build consensus on and devise a reform strategy for a select number (i.e., no more than 10 to 15) of “Global Governance Institutional, Policy, and Normative Innovations for UN75 & Beyond” that both complement and improve the conditions for effective multi-stakeholder partnerships promoted in Track 1.

The proposed innovations will also aim to further develop and go beyond official UN75 Declaration commitments.

Example Partnerships

Global Challenges Foundation – Climate Risk Governance Commission
Lead: The Global Climate/Nature Emergency and the Governance Gap
The Commission aims to fill a crucial gap in confronting the global climate emergency, by innovating and proposing feasible high impact global governance solutions for urgent, exponential climate action, to limit global temperature rise to or below 1.5°C.

Alliance for Multilateralism
Lead: Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace
The goal of the Paris Call is to constitute a community of supporters from all sectors – public sector, private sector, civil society – that unite around, promote and implement a common set of values and principles in order to increase trust and security in the cyberspace. 

Secure Fisheries:  One Earth Future
Lead: Cold Catch – Developing a Cold Chain Infrastructure for the Somali Fishing Industry
This partnership will bring about an innovative multi-disciplinary solution in partnership with the Global Cold Chain Alliance, to cold chain infrastructure that can be piloted in Somalia and expanded to other LDCs.

Expected Outcomes

  • Showcase innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships among civil society, the private sector, philanthropists, governments and the UN system to complement the intergovernmental UN 75 Declaration. These parallel commitments will be presented at the September 21, 2020 UN 75 Leaders Summit.
  • Catalyze a follow-on intergovernmental process(es) post-2020 (i) to facilitate progress on new multi-stakeholder collaborations, and (ii) to support the UN 75 Declaration and Leaders Summit through proposed institutional, policy, and normative innovations in the global governance system.

Opportunities to Participate

  • Be part of a global network from governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, the business community, and philanthropic sector.
  • Pursue creative new multi-stakeholder partnerships with UN system and government leaders.
  • Contribute to the Forum’s agenda, including speaking and general participation opportunities, by participating in the private sector-philanthropic institutions advisory group, UN Advisory Group, or Coordination Group.
  • Become a sponsor of this historic event.


Forum Director: Maureen Connolly, [email protected]

Partnerships Track: Ramon Alvero, [email protected]

Innovation Track: Cristina Petcu, [email protected] and Banou Arjomand, [email protected]


Ban Ki-Moon – Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, President & Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute, and Deputy Chair of the Elders

Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself. Following his second term as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon joined The Elders as Deputy Chair. He is also the President and Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

Read more about Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

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

Gro Harlem Brundtland is a Norwegian politician, who served three terms as Prime Minister of Norway and as Director-General of the World Health Organization. She is a medical doctor who champions health as a human right and put sustainable development on the international agenda. She has been a member of the Elders since its founding in 2007, bringing to the group her decades of experience as a global leader in public health and sustainable development. Prime Minister Brundtland was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and serves on the board of the United Nations Foundation.

Read more about Dr. Brundtland


Madeleine K. AlbrightDr. Madeleine K. Albright – Former U.S. Secretary of State and Former Co-Chair of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance

Madeleine Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. She is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of an advisory body, the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.

Read more about Secretary Albright

Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari – Former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and former Co-Chair of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance

Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari served his country as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations. He was also Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and worked closely with regional leaders, institutions, and governments. Ambassador Gambari was Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. In that period, he also operated as UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Zimbabwe, and Myanmar. Ambassador Gambari is currently the Founder/Chairman of Savannah Center in Abuja, Nigeria, a think-tank for research, training, and public policy debate on the nexus between diplomacy (conflict resolution), democracy and development in Africa. His last assignment at the UN was as the Joint Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chairperson of the African Union Commission/Head of the UN and AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), at the time the world’s largest international peacekeeping mission.

Read more about Ambassador Gambari

UN75 Global Governance Forum Partnerships

The Stimson Center, One Earth Future Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office, Global Challenges Foundation, and Global Governance Philanthropy Network are convening, on September 16 and 17 2020, a UN75 Global Governance Forum.

Held immediately prior to the September 21, 2020 gathering of world leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the forum will bring together 300+ leaders worldwide from governments, global civil society, and the technology, business, and philanthropic communities to foster new kinds of innovative partnerships with the United Nations system to better address global peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, and humanitarian action, and climate governance challenges. Below is a selection of the partnerships to be showcased at the Forum:

Peace and Security

Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace
Lead: Alliance for Multilateralism
The Paris Call gathers a multi-stakeholder, international community of supporters who unite around, promote, and implement a common set of values and principles to increase trust and security in cyberspace.

New Alliances to Curb Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) 
Lead: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office
Foster a coalition between UN Member States, civil society organizations, and private businesses to better address technological challenges on the security landscape.

The Promise of Youth as Peacebuilders: Making the Case for Investment
Lead: Search for Common Ground
Analyze return on investment (ROI) for donors and national governments to make a compelling case for higher prioritization for youth in government budgeting (and potentially investing in all aspects of youth empowerment, including education) and more coordinated efforts in the donor community for youth-led peacebuilding.

Women, Peace & Conflict 
Lead: Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Doha Institute
Innovate strategies and advocate for a fair and active representation of women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction.

Building a Network of Peace
Lead: PASO Colombia, One Earth Future Foundation
Build a coalition of funders to scale-up a new system of Governance for Peace, Agricultural, and Inclusive Development in rural Colombia.


Sustainable Development

UNDP Accelerator Labs: Radical Innovation for Sustainable Development
Lead: United Nations Development Programme
The UNDP Accelerator Lab Network is responding to the devastating impact of COVID-19, strengthening the infrastructure necessary to come through this emergency and forge a more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive future.

Cold Catch – Developing a Cold Chain Infrastructure for the Somali Fishing Industry
Lead: Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future
Bring about an innovative multi-disciplinary solution in partnership with the Global Cold Chain Alliance, to develop cold chain infrastructure that can be piloted in Somalia and expanded to other lesser developed countries.

The Purpose First Economy
Lead: Leaders on Purpose
Leadership coalition of business and cross-sectoral organizations at the frontier advancing the purpose first economy. Leaders on Purpose CEOs and cross-sectoral allies will advance the co-creation of a set of blueprints in support of a Purpose-First Economy.


Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

Mental Wellness for the World’s Growing Refugees, Migrants, and Disenfranchised Peoples
Lead: Pythia International
The partnership will bring together stakeholders from global public relations, financing, and activist communities to bring not only awareness but proven and successful mental wellness programs and education to people worldwide, with a primary focus on the world’s refugee population.

Enhancing Civil Society Space at the United Nations
Lead: UN2020 and The Stimson Center
Expand and ensure more coherent, inclusive, and collaborative participation of civil society in shaping decision-making and supporting programming across the United Nations system.

The Digital Identity Project
Lead: Association for Computing Machinery’s Future of Computing Academy
Engage students and early-career practitioners in dialogue on issues of digital identity.

System Development of UN Data Strategy
Lead: Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, UN University, Global Information Management Working Group
Create and fund a global multi-stakeholder mechanism for information governance and implementation of the UN Data strategy in support of the SDGs.


Climate Governance

Climate Governance Commission: 21st Century Governance Driving Exponential Climate Action
Lead: Climate Governance Commission and Global Challenges Foundation
Confront the global climate emergency by innovating and proposing feasible high impact global governance solutions for urgent, exponential climate action, to limit global temperature rise to or below 1.5°C.

Amazon Rainforest Investor Coalition
Lead: Global Governance Philanthropy Network
The international community prioritized market-based mechanisms for rainforest conservation during the 2014 COP and created Initiative 20×20. This partnership will build on this momentum through greater alignment between Wall Street investors and climate-concerned countries.

Countering Future Ecological Threats: A multi-stakeholder partnership built around the Ecological Threat Register
Lead: Institute for Economics and Peace
Inform innovative, comprehensive, and evidence-based policy recommendations, especially for countries with high levels of environmental vulnerability.

Shifting Power: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in United Nations Field Missions
Lead: Stimson Center and Powering Peace Energy Peace Partners
Leverage greater use of economic and climate solutions to support peace in the world’s most fragile regions through clean energy options, focusing on crisis regions that host international peace and humanitarian field operations.

Building the pathway for boosting an ‘Earth System Caring Economy’
Lead: Common Home of Humanity
This partnership works towards the establishment of the Common Home of Humanity Initiative as the Operational Design of the Global Pact for the Environment




Academic Council on the UN System

Aspen Ministers Forum

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Chinese International Law Initiative


Clúb de Madrid

Common Home for Humanity

Council on Energy, Environment, and Water

Doha Forum

Doha Institute Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Global Challenges Foundation

Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Global Green Growth Institute

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center

Igarapé Institute

Institute for Economics and Peace



Kofi Annan Foundation

One Earth Future

Paris Peace Forum

PyeongChang Peace Forum

Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy, and Development

Search for Common Ground

Stanley Foundation

The Elders

Together First

Truman Library and Museum

[email protected] Office


United Nations Foundation

University of Guadalajara (Department of International Law)

Workable World Trust Fund

Stimson Center
– Richard Ponzio
– Cristina Petcu
– Banou Arjomand
– Maheera Siddique
– Hasan Aloul
– Joris Larik

Global Governance Philanthropy Network
– Jonah Wittkamper

– Volker Lehmann
– Sara Burke

One Earth Future
– Jon Bellish
– Conor Seyle
– Kara Nichols
– Tim Schommer

Global Challenges Foundation
– Magnus Jiborn
– Sofia Norborg
– Anja Olin-Pape
– Ulrika Westin
– Waldemar Ingdahl

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