The 24th of October, 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This constitutes an opportunity – a chance for civil society to push for improved world governance.
Beyond the anniversary itself, 2020 will be a juncture of several multi-year reviews of treaties and “plus-five” conferences on topics as varied as the Women, Peace and Security Agenda; Climate Change and the Paris Accord; the Human Rights Treaty Bodies; the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A group of NGOs consisting of the World Federalist Movement, The Stimson Center, CIVICUS and The Workable World Trust has taken on the task of advocating for an inclusive and effective 2020 Summit. We are calling for a General Assembly-led, adequately prepared process that involves a range of stakeholders – including UN member states, UN officials, parliamentarians, civil society representatives and scholars.
Of paramount importance comes the idea of a “people-centered” UN – that the United Nations should better reflect the views of diverse stakeholders in its decision-making processes, not only the positions of Member States’ executive branches. This is one reason why our small UN2020 coordination group has issued a Call to Action to organizations and networks.
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