Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and tackling the major challenges affecting the context for implementing them – from the climate emergency to growing inequalities, changes in demography, new forms of violence and rapid changes in technology – require cooperation across borders, sectors and generations. But just when collective action is more needed than ever, support for global cooperation is flagging. Dialogue – and action – on global issues could not be more urgent.
A global conversation
To mark its 75th anniversary, the United Nations is launching a global conversation (UN75) on the role of international cooperation in building the future we want. The aim of this unprecedented initiative is to build a global vision of 2045, increase understanding of the threats to that future, and support enhanced international cooperation to realise that vision.
As part of this global conversation, the UN is organising a series of dialogues around the world, with a particular focus on youth. This event is the third dialogue to be conducted by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
In the first part of the event, the Secretary-General will hear the views of six young people on issues such as the climate crisis, inequalities, human rights, disarmament, health and migration. In the second part, he will welcome comments from the floor and through social media (details will be announced separately).
This dialogue will be conducted in English and French (with no simultaneous translation). It is jointly organised by the Graduate Institute and the United Nations.
Please note that seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Panellists: six youth leaders
Jasmine Pokuaa Oduro (Ghana-UK, Head of the Student Association, the Graduate Institute, Geneva) – also serving as host
Marwan El Chazli (Egypt-France, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Adiba Qasim (Yazidi survivor and refugee, now young leader at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy)
Jan Harvey Parafina (Philippines, the Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Marie-Claire Graf (Switzerland, University of Zurich)
Martin Ostermeier (German, ILO staff – nominated by Young UN: Agents for Change)
Watch the live stream
If you cannot attend the upcoming Dialogue with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 25 February in person, we are pleased to announce that the event will be live streamed on UN Web TV starting at 10:00 CET.
Join the conversation on social media during the event by submitting your comment to the UN Secretary-General using #UN75 in your posts.
Join the global conversation by taking the UN75 survey!
Photo credit: UN Photo, Mark Garten