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April
20
2020

Public support for international cooperation surges amid global upheaval

Data from 186 countries indicates overwhelming public support for international cooperation – with a significant increase since COVID-19 began spreading around the world. Collected through hundreds of conversations and an online survey, the data is part of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary initiative (UN75). Launched in January 2020, UN75 is the largest exercise mounted by the Organization to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions to global challenges.

New York, April 20, 2020. As the whole UN system unites to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the Organization is also scaling up its efforts to give voice to the global public through its 75th anniversary initiative (UN75). Launched in January, UN75 will run throughout 2020, to give all people the opportunity to shape global priorities by participating in a UN75 dialogue or completing a one-minute survey available at www.un75.online. [1]

Preliminary findings, based on data collected between 1 January 2020 and 24 March 2020, were published today [2] on www.un.org/en/un75/news-events:

1. An overwhelming majority—95%--of respondents agreed on the need for countries to work together to manage global trends, with a noticeable uptick from late February, as the upheaval caused by COVID-19 spread around the world. Support cut across all age groups and education levels. Ideas on strengthening international cooperation included more effective partnerships with civil society and the private sector, and greater involvement of women, youth, indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups in policymaking.

2. Climate and environment topped the list of issues that will most affect humanity’s future – with more than double the responses of any other issue. Conflict and violence came second, and health risks third, having risen sharply since early March.

3. The top five future priorities that emerged were: environmental protection, protection of human rights, less conflict, equal access to basic services, and zero discrimination.

“I look forward to our continued efforts to ensure a meaningful observance of the seventy-fifth anniversary of our Organization, and to use this milestone for reflection on the multilateral cooperation the world needs at this time, both in addressing the immediate pandemic and in achieving the longer-term goals for which the United Nations was founded.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Notes

[1] Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative is markedly different from previous commemorations, with less emphasis on communicating the UN’s successes and a strong focus on listening to the global public, especially young people. Over the course of 2020, the UN75 team will gather public perspectives on global challenges and solutions on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey (in 53 languages) and dialogues – now overwhelmingly online – organised by partners across the world. This data will be complemented by representative polling; academic research; and media and social media analysis in some 70 countries. The results will be presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 will focus on how best to take them forward, with a final report to be published in January 2021.

[2] The data used was gathered between 1 January and 24 March 2020. During this period, 35,556 in 186 UN Member States took the one-minute survey online, in addition to 5,688 who participated through mobile applications. Over 330 dialogues took place in 87 UN Member States, with 56 summaries from 32 of them included in this preliminary analysis.


Read the UN75 Update in full at: https://www.un.org/en/un75/news-events

Join the UN75 conversation at: www.un.org/UN75

 

April
8
2020

The United Nations and Kahoot! announce innovative educational games to engage youth in the #UN75 global dialogue on shaping the future we want.

Kahoot! and the United Nations announce a new collaboration to reach out and engage young people across the globe on what the world should look like in 25 years. What role should international cooperation play in solving the global challenges we all face?

New York, April 8, 2020, the United Nations and Kahoot!, an game-based learning platform, launched a jointly-created set of online educational games and quizzes to engage young people around the greatest global challenges of our time like the Cononavirus pandemic, the climate crisis and the impact of digital technologies. The Coronavirus crisis reminds us that the world is highly interconnected and the need for international solidarity and cooperation– across borders, sectors and generations - is a lifesaving necessity.

To increase engagement in the world’s largest conversation on our future, the #UN75 initiative and Kahoot! have created five quizzes on key issues and mega-trends that the world is currently facing: global health challenges and crisis, a growing and aging world population, global trends in violence and conflict resolution, the challenges and opportunities of modern technology and growing inequality.

“The UN75 wants to hear from young people in particular as they will inherit the global challenges that our generation has not solved. The UN75 Kahoot! games are a great tool to engage young people and, at the same time, educate them about international cooperation. We are thankful to Kahoot! for its collaboration and support to the UN75 dialogue” said Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary.

“Kahoot! is extremely proud to collaborate with the United Nations on this important cross-border initiative. Our hope is that the Kahoot! games made with the United Nations inspire student reflection on some of the world’s most challenging issues—planting seeds for future collaboration and positive global change,” said Eilert Hanoa, CEO, Kahoot!

At a time of the Coronavirus global health emergency, unlike any other in the history of the UN’s 75 years, the #UN75 initiative is gathering solutions, opinions and concerns for the future we want, and the UN we need.

The views and ideas generated through the #UN75 online dialogues and 1-minute survey will be presented to world leaders at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly, 21st of September 2020. Learn more at www.un.org/un75 and our Kahoot page

About Kahoot!

Kahoot! is on a mission to make learning awesome! Kahoot!’s game-based learning platform makes it easy for any individual or corporation to create, share and play learning games that drive serious engagement. Launched in 2013, Kahoot!’s vision is to build the leading learning platform in the world. In the last 12 months, over 200 million games were played on the Kahoot! platform with 1.3 billion participating players in 200 countries. The company is headquartered in Norway with offices in the US, the UK, France and Finland.

 

March
2
2020

The United Nations and Kindred 2020 announce collaboration to engage the business community for 75th anniversary

Kindred and The United Nations will call on business leaders to help the UN define how private sector cooperation will help realize a better world by 2045

New York, NY — March 2, 2020 Kindred and the United Nations announced a new collaboration  that aligns UN75, the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all, and Kindred 2020, the most important event for sustainable, purpose-led business transformation.

Intended to engage constituencies across borders, sectors, and generations, the UN is calling on business leaders to take concrete action to realize a better world by  2045, the UN’s 100th birthday. Taking place on May 11-14 at the San Diego Convention Center, Kindred 2020 will respond to this call to action, as business leaders will define asks and ideas that will be presented to world leaders, the UN’s leadership, and the world.

In calling for participation, UN Secretary-General Antόnio Guterres said: “No country, no community, is able to solve the complex problems of our world alone. We need to come together, not only to talk but to listen. It is absolutely essential that you all join the conversation. We need your opinions, your strategies and your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”

“Business leaders have a unique ability to make more consequential decisions faster than other institutions, and have the potential to make a huge impact on the key issues and Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the United Nations,” said Ian Schafer, co-founder, and chief executive officer of Kindred. “This partnership not only offers them a platform to share the goals they have as individuals but multiply them by the commitments they can make through their organizations and the companies they partner with.”

About Kindred

Kindred builds communities and events that enable brands, nonprofits, and cultural leaders to accelerate sustainable, purpose-led business transformation. Kindred’s inaugural event, Kindred 2020, will happen May 11-14 at the San Diego Convention Center.

To learn more and reserve tickets, visit kindred.live, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About UN75

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations is igniting a people’s debate: UN75. Launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, it promises to be the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want.

In a world of dramatic changes and complex challenges, from the climate crisis to population shifts to the unknown course of technology, we need collective action more than ever before. Through UN75, the United Nations will encourage people to put their heads together to define how enhanced international cooperation can help realize a better world by 2045.

The views and ideas generated will be presented to world leaders at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly, 21st of September 2020.

Join the conversation at www.un.org/UN75

 

January
2
2020

The United Nations launches 75th anniversary dialogues: The biggest global conversation on the world's future starts now.

January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative - the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.

In a ‘global reality check’, four innovative data streams will build the first ever repository of crowd-sourced solutions to major global challenges.

The UN75 dialogues together with a ‘One-minute Survey’ that anyone can take, opinion polling in 50 countries and artificial intelligence sentiment analysis of traditional and social media in 70 countries, will generate compelling data to inform national and international policies and debate.

In calling for participation, the Secretary-General said: “No country, no community, is able to solve the complex problems of our world alone. We need to come together, not only to talk, but to listen. It is absolutely essential that you all join the conversation. We need your opinion, your strategies and your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”

Intended to engage constituencies across borders, sectors and generations, the UN75 team is collaborating with a wide multi-sector network, including the UN Resident Coordinators, for a diverse and global reach, and for dialogues to be convened in every country of the world.

In a global listening exercise, with an emphasis on youth and groups not already engaged with the UN, the UN75 initiative aims to better understand expectations of international cooperation in light of pressing global challenges.

The views and ideas that are generated will be presented, by the Secretary-General, to world leaders and senior UN officials on September 21, 2020, at a high-level event to mark the 75th anniversary.

To inspire and inform the dialogues the UN is also partnering with Vox Media’s brand studio, Vox Creative to create a video informed by interviews with 38 people from around the world, sharing their experiences and opinions related to important global issues, to be launched January 6, 2020. Those who want to be a part of the conversation - physically or online – can see how to join through the website: www.un.org/UN75.

For further information and/or to request an interview, please contact Lisa Laskaridis (un75@un.org)

 

October
24
2019

UN to launch biggest-ever global conversation on the world's future to mark its 75th anniversary in 2020.

On October 24, to mark UN Day, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that next year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.

Starting in January 2020, the United Nations will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations. The aim is to is reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences.

The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realize peace, development and human rights for all. The UN75 initiative seeks to spark dialogue and action on how we can build a better world despite the many challenges we face.

While UN75 seeks to drive conversation in all segments of society - from classrooms to boardrooms, parliaments to village halls - it will place special emphasis on youth and those whose voices are too often marginalized or not heard in global affairs.

In a film released today, the Secretary-General appealed to people everywhere to add their voices to this campaign: “We need your opinions, your strategies, your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”

Through the upcoming dialogues, UN75 aims to build a global vision for the year 2045, the UN's centenary; to increase understanding of the threats to that future; and to drive collective action to realize that vision. Global opinion polling and media analysis will be conducted in parallel to provide statistically representative data.

The views and ideas that are generated will be presented to world leaders and senior UN officials at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly in September 2020, and disseminated online and through partners on an ongoing basis.

For further information and/or to request an interview, please contact un75@un.org.