March 2020 Update

UN75 People’s Declaration

The UN2020 campaign is working to develop a civil society Declaration and Plan of Action to be adopted at the UN75 People’s Forum for the UN We Need, taking place on 23-24 April 2020. 

Your inputs will inform the content of the Declaration and the advocacy going forward, as UN member states also negotiate the intergovernmental UN75 political declaration, which is to be completed by June and adopted by Heads of State at the UN75 Leaders Summit on 21 September 2020.

Call for inputs on the UN75 People’s DeclarationRead the preliminary draft of the People’s DeclarationSee the timeline for the development of the People’s DeclarationContribute to the UN75 People’s Declaration by:
Making general suggestions by filling out this form.Making comments or suggestions on specific sections of the preliminary draft by using this form to go through the draft paragraph by paragraph.
February 28th Global Call

On February 28th, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY partnered with UN2020 and Together First to facilitate the UN2020 monthly online meeting.

The meeting took place at the Baha’i International Community Office in New York and featured an interactive discussion among UN2020 participating organizations and the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiations, H.E. Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani (Qatar) and H.E. Ms. Anna-Karin Eneström (Sweden).

A full report on the meeting can be found on the UN2020 website. 

Also, see this article from IISD about the February 28th Global Call: Stakeholders Give Input on UN75 Declaration
Coming soon 

UN75 People’s Forum: Pre-register for the UN75 People’s Forum (April 23-24, 2020) for updates. An update on the possible impact of the coronavirus on the venue of the forum will be provided as soon as access to UN HQ during the month of April has been clarified. (The current draft concept note for the People’s Forum is available here.)

Inputs on the UN75 People’s Declaration: Conference calls will take place later in March to solicit further contributions to the Declaration.

Another monthly UN2020 global call will be held at the end of March.

“Thank You UN” book launch in April: You’ll be able to contribute to an online book of testimonials about the UN from people all over the world.
Together First

Together First has facilitated a multi-stage global consultation generating ideas on strengthening and reforming the United Nations.

Explore the submissions received by Together First through their campaign hub.


Visit the United Nations’ UN75 website and take the UN75 Survey to join the “global conversation on the role of international cooperation in building the future we want”PyeongChang Peace ForumRead the PyeongChang Peace Forum: Message for Peace 2020

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January 2020 Update 

UN 75 Co-Facilitators for Intergovernmental Declaration

On January 6 the President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria, announced the appointment of  Amb. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani of Qatar, and Amb. Anna-Karin Eneström of Sweden to lead the intergovernmental process towards a declaration for the “Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.” In a letter congratulating the ambassadors, UN2020 and Together First recalled the provisions of the UN75 Modalities resolution that “Emphasizes the need to engage civil society and youth in all activities” and are currently exploring practical arrangements for consultations among CSOs and the intergovernmental negotiating process for a UN75 political declaration.

Successful launch for Alliance for Multilateralism

In September, approximately 50 Foreign Ministers attended the formal launch of the Alliance for Multilateralism. Led by Germany and France, the alliance is an effort to mobilize a like-minded group of states in response to the erosion of support for international cooperation and a rules-based international order.At the launch event governments pledged their support for some or all of a handful of measures, each with a detailed “joint position.” These include:*Call for Action to strengthen respect or International humanitarian law and principled humanitarian action
*Joint position on climate and security
*Gender at the Center Initiative
*International Partnership for Information and Democracy
*Paris Call for trust and security in cyberspace
*Declaration by the Alliance for MultilateralIsm on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

Upcoming Events

NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY

2020 Dialogues for Peace & UN75

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
2-4pm, New York

The first in a series on “2020 Dialogues for Peace & UN75,” with Debate for Peace: the Yale 2020 Delegation, a youth empowerment organization working with 14-18-year-old Jewish and Arab students in Israel. They run Model UN simulations, delegations abroad, and hold training sessions, meetings with diplomats, and volunteering days for top students from around the country. Building Cultures of Peace are essential for the success of the UN2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to “Leave No One Behind” and UN75 for the UN We Need. 

Further details about the eventSpeaker bios

UN75 Inaugural Launch Event with the UN Secretary-General
Youth in the Driving Seat

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
10-11am, New York

Register here

PyeongChang Peace Forum 2020

February 9 – 11, 2020, PyeongChang, South Korea

58th Session of the Commission for Social Development

February 10-19, 2020, New York

A meeting with a representative of the Office of the Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations will take place during one of the NGO morning briefings during CSocD.

PLAN TO ATTEND: Global UN2020 Videoconference

The next UN2020 Global Update conference call is scheduled for Friday January 31 at 9:30 EST. Here is a link to the call.

If you plan to join the call, please RSVP here.

The final report and executive summary of November’s UN2020 Information, Organization and Strategy Meeting are now available.

They include key recommendations for each of UN2020’s working groups.

Previous updates

July 2019 Update

June 2019 Update

March 2019 Update

February 2019 Update

UN2020 Information, Organization, and Strategy Meeting: Responding to Multilateralism in Crisis (October 15, 2018)

Executive Summary

Past updates are also available.