Earlier this year, to mark its 75th anniversary, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced that the UN planned to host the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.
To answer the Secretary-General’s call for feedback, UNA-USA members and Americans from the business sector, faith-based communities, civil society and local governments came together to respond to the UN’s three big questions:
After hosting more than 80 consultations and engaging almost 2,000 Americans from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we are excited to finally share our comprehensive UN75 report, which includes high-level takeaways as well as data specific to each of our 11 regions.
77% of American voices predict a worse world based on current trends. However, participants acknowledged that each of us plays an integral role in shaping our future. UNA-USA remains committed to working with Americans across the country to support the UN’s mission and work toward a better world that benefits everyone, everywhere.
COVID-19 highlights concerns about education, inequality, justice, and climate. Almost half of consultations reported SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions as critical for the future.
A brighter future requires a group effort. Americans were not only willing to identify things that needed improvement, they were vocal when it came to discussing how we take action.
Even though you couldn’t participate in a consultation, you can still share your vision for the future with the UN! Complete this quick, one-minute survey to send your feedback to the UN.
The results from these consultations were sent to the United Nations in June, and will ultimately help the UN determine its priorities for the next 25 years when world leaders meet this September for the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly.