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Hello there, young thinkers and innovators!
We’re about to embark on an exhilarating journey to make complex UN policy accessible to everyone. In 2021, António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, unveiled his vision for a better and more collaborative world by 2030 in a roadmap called Our Common Agenda.
Fast forward to 2024, and the United Nations will host the Summit of the Future. This remarkable event will bring together world leaders, global champions, and industry titans, all united in their commitment to building a better world for the next and future generations.
In preparation for this momentous event, the UN Secretary-General has released nine policy briefs that are set to reshape our world. These briefs are not just words on paper; they’re our roadmap to a better future, aligned with the five principles of the Sustainable Development Goals: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership.
However, there’s a problem – the language in these policy briefs can be complex and lengthy, making it challenging for anyone on a busy schedule, especially young people, to grasp the vital information.
That is precisely why we have condensed each brief into comprehensible and visually captivating summaries. Through the Our Future Agenda program, UN Foundation aims to empower everyone with the knowledge they need to design our collective future, starting with our youngest generation.
Each brief is a blueprint for change, outlining how to turn aspirations into actions. With an emphasis on collaboration, inclusivity, and sustainability, these briefs present an inspiring view of what our world could become by 2100:
Policy Brief 1: Future Generations
Imagine a world where our decisions today ensure a thriving planet for tomorrow’s inheritors. This brief focuses on safeguarding the well-being of our children and grandchildren, going beyond survival to create a future where they can truly thrive. By prioritizing the Sustainable Development Goals, future-proofing global institutions, and investing in young people and countries, we can empower future generations to lead fulfilling lives on a healthy planet.
Policy Brief 2: Emergency Platform
It’s time to tackle crises head-on. This policy brief describes how to build humanity’s survival kit, equipping all generations with the necessary skills, accountability, and leadership spirit to confront any challenges that come our way. By fostering resilience, preparedness, and coordination at all levels, this platform aims to ensure a safer and more secure future, tackling everything from natural disasters to health crises.
Policy Brief 3: Meaningful Youth Engagement
Calling all young thinkers and activists! This brief recognizes the crucial role of the next generation in shaping our shared future. By promoting meaningful youth engagement, amplifying their voices, valuing their ideas, and providing platforms for collaboration and decision-making, we can harness their energy to address global challenges and build a better world.
Policy Brief 4: Beyond GDP
Let’s redefine economic progress by moving away from outdated metrics. This brief advocates for a shift beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the sole measure of prosperity on issues like debt relief. It calls for a world that values well-being, sustainability, and equality, recognizing that true progress encompasses economic, social, and environmental dimensions. By embracing holistic approaches and placing people’s well-being at the center, we can forge a future where everyone shares prosperity.
Policy Brief 5: Global Digital Compact
In our digital age, this Compact ensures everyone can benefit from technology. It is committed to bridging the digital divide by making internet access and digital resources accessible to all, particularly in young countries across Africa. By promoting digital public goods and services, harnessing data responsibly, and creating a safe and secure digital space that is empowering and inclusive.
Policy Brief 6: Information Integrity on Digital Platforms
In this information age, truth and transparency are paramount. This brief aims to uphold the integrity of information on digital platforms, ensuring reliable sources of evidence and enlightenment. It tackles misinformation and promotes transparency and digital literacy, envisioning a future where accurate and trustworthy information is accessible to all.
Policy Brief 7: Reforms to the International Financial Architecture
Achieving an ambitious vision requires an equitable global financial landscape. This brief focuses on ensuring every person and every country has the resources to prosper, especially the Global South. By promoting development banking, lowering borrowing costs, strengthening the global financial safety net, and enhancing international tax regulation, these reforms aim to foster inclusive and sustainable development.
Policy Brief 8: For All Humanity – The Future of Outer Space Governance
As we explore the cosmos, this brief emphasizes peace, sustainability, and inclusivity in space exploration. By embracing diversity, establishing universal frameworks, and advocating for gender equality in space governance, we can ensure the benefits and responsibilities of space exploration are accessible to all of humanity.
Policy Brief 9: New Agenda for Peace
We’re navigating a world where peace and stability often feel elusive, particularly for young people in conflict-prone regions. This policy brief presents a comprehensive roadmap for creating a world where peace, stability, and security are accessible to everyone on land, at sea, in space, and in cyberspace. By implementing a series of concrete actions, we can strengthen international institutions, promote responsible arms control, and foster a culture of peace.
Policy Brief 10: Transform education
We need a revolutionary vision for the future of education, sparking a paradigm shift in our understanding and treatment of learning. This policy brief explores the urgency to redefine the purpose of education to ensure all young people worldwide has access to high-quality education, thereby lifting all generations towards a brighter, more inclusive future.
Policy Brief 11: UN 2.0
Finally, it is crucial to modernize the United Nations to meet the demands of the 21st Century. This policy brief presents a comprehensive plan for reimagining and reshaping the UN, 80 years since its establishment. It aims to implement institutional changes in areas such as data, communication, innovation, strategic foresight, and more, to effectively support all the above areas and tackle the challenges of the future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We understand that you might have numerous queries about Our Common Agenda and the policy briefs. This FAQ section is designed to address your questions and provide comprehensive answers.
1. What is Our Common Agenda?
Our Common Agenda is a report that was presented by the Secretary-General in response to a call for stronger global cooperation made by Member States during the United Nations’ 75th anniversary. The report outlines a new vision for multilateralism and serves as a guide towards a more equitable, just, and sustainable world. It highlights the importance of the 2024 Summit of the Future, where a fresh global consensus can be reached to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and bridge gaps in the UN system to tackle future challenges.
UN Foundation’s Our Future Agenda program began in response to the Secretary-General’s request for young people to shape the Our Common Agenda report. A group of young changemakers under the age of 30, the Next Generation Fellows, helped refine ideas in the report by speaking to over 600 young people worldwide and meeting with UN leaders. Their standalone report called Our Future Agenda outlines an ambitious vision and plan for the world’s young people and future generations and serves as a manifesto for the ongoing work of the Our Future Agenda program.
2. What are the Policy Briefs associated with Our Common Agenda?
The Policy Briefs, issued by the Secretary-General, provide detailed insights on certain proposals contained in Our Common Agenda. They assist Member States in their deliberations as they prepare for the Summit of the Future. These briefs offer an analysis of the proposals’ impact on the implementation of the SDGs and are informed by the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, with a cross-cutting emphasis on gender equality.
3. What is the purpose of the Policy Briefs?
The Policy Briefs are intended to provide in-depth information on the proposals contained in Our Common Agenda. They offer an analysis of the impact of these proposals on the implementation of the SDGs and inform Member States’ decisions as they prepare for the Summit of the Future.
4. What is the Summit of the Future?
The Summit of the Future is a critical event scheduled for 2024. It presents an opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen shared principles, and forward solutions to deliver more effectively for people and the planet. Member States are committed to adopting a Pact for the Future at the Summit to consolidate collective agreements and demonstrate global solidarity for current and future generations.
5. What is the Pact for the Future?
The Pact for the Future is a commitment to be adopted by Member States during the Summit of the Future in 2024. It aims to solidify collective agreements and showcase global solidarity for current and future generations. It forms part of the commitment to enhancing cooperation and delivering more effectively for people and the planet.
6. What is the relationship between the SDG Summit and the Summit of the Future?
The Summit of the Future builds upon the SDG Summit held in 2023. The SDGs are central to the discussions and outcomes of the Summit of the Future, as they represent the global community’s shared vision for sustainable and inclusive development. The Summit aims to reinvigorate global commitment to the SDGs and explore ways to enhance their implementation for current and future generations.
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8. How can I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved in the Summit of the Future and contribute to making the Pact for the Future a reality. The first step is to join the Curtain Raiser on 13th September 2023, 9:00-11:00 am ET to learn about how you can participate in dialogues, research, and campaigns next year leading up to September 2024 through UN Foundation’s Our Future Agenda.