International Order & Conflict

“One Year to Go to the UN 75 Summit: Innovating Global Governance for 21st Century Challenges”

With the recent adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/73/299) on the consultative process toward a declaration for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the United Nations and an associated Leaders Summit, in September 2020 in New York, the time is ripe to contribute innovative ideas and diverse perspectives and to begin to give greater definition to the [email protected] theme of “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism.” This UNGA side event will consider novel approaches to improve global governance — from reducing the threat of climate change and promoting peace and security to improving conditions for Sustainable Development Goals implementation and safeguarding human rights — in the year leading up to the [email protected] Summit. It will present the findings and recommendations from two recently developed action plans from multi-stakeholder Global Policy Dialogues on Global Security, Justice, and Economic Institutions (June 2019) and Preventive Action, Sustaining Peace, and Global Governance (December 2018).” 

Co-Sponsors: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office, The Stimson Center, One Earth Future Foundation, the Global Challenges Foundation, and the Missions of Nigeria, Qatar, Spain and Uganda to the UN



Luise Rürup, Executive-Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office


H.E. Ambassador (Dr.) Khalid Al-Khater, Director, Policy & Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar
Dr. Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Just Security 2020 Program, The Stimson Center

Lead-Off Presenters:

Jens Orback, Executive-Director of the Global Challenges Foundation and former Swedish Minister for Democracy, Urban Affairs, Integration, and Gender Equality
Sara Burke, Senior Policy Analyst, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office
Dr. Volker Lehmann, Senior Policy Analyst, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office
Cristina Petcu, Research Associate, Just Security 2020 Program, The Stimson Center


Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Head of the Policy Planning Staff, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
Natalie Samarasinghe, Deputy to the Special Adviser, Office of the Special Advisor on the Preparation of the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary

UN2020 Initiative Update:

Fergus Watt, International Coordinator, UN2020


Global Policy Dialogue Action Plans:

Action Plan from the Global Policy Dialogue on Preventive Action, Sustaining Peace, and Global Governance 

On 17 December 2018 in Doha, Qatar, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, the Stimson Center, and the Doha Forum convened the Global Policy Dialogue on Preventive Action, Sustaining Peace, and Global Governance.

Action Plan from the Global Policy Dialogue on Security, Justice, and Economic Institutions

On 5-6 June 2019 in Washington, D.C., the Stimson Center, Global Challenges Foundation, One Earth Future Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office convened a Global Policy Dialogue on Global Security, Justice, and Economic Institutions.

Related Work:

Policy brief: Defining Climate Adaptation Goals 

In support of the United Nations Climate Change Summit, on 23 September 2019, in New York, this policy brief recommends that countries define one or more climate adaptation goals and gauge their achievement in terms of measurable impact on local human security. From September 2019 to June 2020 (when the UN 75 Political Declaration negotiations are expected to conclude), Stimson’s Just Security 2020 program aims to publish a series of ten global governance innovation policy briefs to focus policymakers, opinion leaders, global civil society and the business community on the need for more dynamic and creative global solutions to looming global challenges.

Conference notes: The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference

From 26-28 August 2019, the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 program, the UN 2020 Initiative, the Together First campaign, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office participated in the 68th the United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, USA, to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 and highlight the imperative for UN Member States to recommit to the values of multilateralism enshrined in the UN Charter.


Recent talks on the future of global governance

Dr. Richard Ponzio, Director of the Just Security 2020 Program and Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center, has recently delivered talks on UN and broader global governance change at the Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the UN System (June in Stellenbosch, South Africa), the U.S. Agency for International Development (July in Washington, D.C.), the Nexus Global Summit (July in New York), the International Youth Peace Forum (August in Washington, D.C.), the Australia National University Symposium on Building a More Democratic UN (September in Canberra, Australia), United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (September in Washington, D.C.), Global Town Hall on UN Reform (September in Pittsburgh), and the New Shape Forum on Weapons Governance (September in Geneva, Switzerland).

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