The high-level event will bring together UN Member States, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), academic institutions, the private sector, and youth under the theme, ‘Summit of the Future: Multilateral Solutions for a Better Tomorrow’. The Summit aims to forge a new global consensus on what our future should look like, and what we can do today to secure it.
The Summit was proposed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his ‘Our Common Agenda’ report to address the issues of peace and security, setting out a “New Agenda for Peace,” with more investment for peacebuilding, support for regional conflict prevention, a reduction of strategic risks such as nuclear weapons and cyberwarfare, and a dialogue on outer space to ensure that it is used peacefully and sustainably.
Guterres has characterized the Summit of the Future as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to reinvigorate global action, recommit to fundamental principles, and further develop the frameworks of multilateralism so they are fit for the future”.
According to a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution outlining the modalities for the Summit of the Future (A/RES/76/307), the Summit, slated for September 2024, will be preceded by a preparatory ministerial meeting on 18 September 2023. The Summit will adopt ‘A Pact for the Future’ – a concise, action-oriented outcome document, to be agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations.
During an informal plenary meeting on 13 February 2023, the UN Secretary-General announced that the UN Secretariat will release 11 policy briefs offering “concrete ideas” on how to advance Our Common Agenda as Member States prepare for the Summit of the Future in 2024. The briefs will focus on: the New Agenda for Peace; metrics that go beyond GDP; global financial architecture reform; needs of future generations; international response to complex global shocks; global digital cooperation; information integrity; peaceful, secure, and sustainable use of outer space; reimagining and accelerating progress on education; participation by young people in decision-making processes; and ‘UN 2.0’.
On 15 February 2023, co-facilitators leading the intergovernmental consultations on the Summit of the Future, Permanent Representative of Germany Antje Leendertse and Permanent Representative of Namibia Neville Melvin Gertze, outlined their proposed roadmap throughout the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) towards the preparatory Ministerial Meeting for the Summit of the Future. The roadmap focuses on meetings that the co-facilitators plan to organize in preparation for the Ministerial Meeting, including consultations on the Secretary-General’s policy briefs. It also highlights tentative publication dates for each of the policy briefs.
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dates: 22-23 September 2024
location: New York City, US