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UN75 is our best chance to create a new dynamic for global cooperation
Multilateralism is the best means we know to solve challenges together, ensuring an equal participation of all in world affairs. Contribute to UN75 and help us come up with multilateralism 2.0
Our world is getting more complex. We face a myriad of problems in a rapidly changing reality. From climate change to COVID-19, all our mounting challenges are a stark reminder that we need more global cooperation.
Every country for itself is not going to work. At the same time, one or few countries cannot act in the name of all either. Multilateralism is the best means we know to solve challenges together, ensuring an equal participation of all in world affairs. This is the modern thing to do. The use of force or the implementation of national-grown solutions to challenges that are transnational in their nature are remnants of the past. No country today can live in isolation.
And yet the current multilateral system has not been updated for long. We need to come up with a multilateralism 2.0, an enhanced institutional setting that breathes new life and reflects new realities. This is why Club de Madrid started its Multilateralism and Global Cooperation pillar, to promote a renewed and more inclusive form of multilateralism. We need a multilateralism system that delivers, for states and for the people.
Have your say. Be the change
To mark its 75th anniversary, the United Nations has launched a consultative process that seeks all views in order to establish global priorities now and going forward. The concerns and ideas expressed in the survey will be presented to world leaders and UN decision makers at the official commemoration of the 75th Anniversary, which will take place by the UN General Assembly in September 2020. Afterwards, institutions will discuss how to take forward the priorities and proposals generated.
Your views matter, so please contribute to the process by answering the one-minute survey below.
Wishing to contribute more? On 16-17 September, stay tuned for the UN75 Global Governance Forum, a gathering that will bring together hundreds of dynamic leaders worldwide from governments, civil society, business, and philanthropic communities to foster new kinds of far-reaching partnerships with the United Nations. This is a unique chance to better address issues such as global peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian responses, and climate governance challenges.
States ready to adopt landmark declaration
The Member States of the United Nations are ready to do their part in commemorating UN75 and catalyzing a momentum for change to more global cooperation by adopting a declaration the next 21 September 2020.
The declaration's draft notes the achievements of the United Nations throughout its history and points to COIVD-19 as a reminder that " we are closely interconnected and only as strong as our weakest link".
"Multilateralism is not an option but a necessity as we build back better for a more equal, more resilient, and more sustainable world. The United Nations must be at the centre of our efforts", notes the declaration's draft. Read the full version below.
Members of Club de Madrid support bold efforts to reinvigorate multilateralism
The former Heads of State and Government that make Club de Madrid’s Membership are contributing to this global conversation for the creation of a cooperation dynamic between nations. Watch their views in the videos below:
Danilo Türk, President of Club de Madrid and President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
President Türk also wrote an oped to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter: Seventy-five years later
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General (2007-2016)
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia (1999-2007)
Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-2010)
Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (2000-2012)
Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of Korea (2008-2009)
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain (2004-2011)
Horst Köhler, President of Germany (2004-2010)
Petre Roman, Prime Minister of Romania (1989-1991)
Roza Otunbayeva, President of Kyrgyzstan (2010-2011)
WLA-CdM is committed to advancing democracy worldwide. With your
support, we can advance democratic values and foster social and political change.
You can help ensure a sustainable future for the next generations by joining our
efforts in a variety of ways. Here’s how you can make a difference.