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.