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Shaping our future together

Published on 07 January 2021

Summary reports

One-minute survey

The UN75 survey was available in 64 languages and was open to everyone. It was developed in partnership with the SDG Action Campaign, with advice from polling experts Pew Research Centre and Missions Publiques. UN75 asked people about their immediate priorities for recovering from the pandemic; what they most want to see in 25 years; what global trends will most affect our future; how important – or not – it is for countries to work together; and whether people will be better or worse off in 2045.

More than 1.3 million people from 193 countries responded.

The data was analysed in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with advice from Pew Research Center and New York University. The full results, analysis and methodology can be viewed in the January 2021 concluding UN75 report “Shaping our Future Together.”

You can explore and download the full survey dataset or use filters for country, region, gender, age, disability status and education level. To download the full dataset you will need data software capable of processing 1.3 million entries, including text entries. The full dataset exceeds Excel’s capacity.




UN75 Dialogues

UN75 dialogues were open to everyone, providing people the opportunity to discuss their priorities and concerns for the future, solutions for global challenges, and to foster trust, partnerships and action. The UN75 team developed a dialogue toolkit in partnership with the SDG Action Campaign, and with advice from Missions Publiques and IPSOS.

3,500+ UN75 dialogues were registered in 120 countries, and 1,141 dialogue summaries were received from participants in 94 countries.

The summaries received were analysed in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, using qualitative content analysis to draw out participants’ solutions and ideas for action, organized along the UN75 Declaration’s 12 Commitments. The full results, analysis and methodology can be viewed in the January 2021 concluding UN75 report “Shaping our Future Together.”

You can download the coded UN75 dialogues dataset and some of the original summary reports below. You can also view the summaries of analysis under “Our Common Agenda,” below.

Our Common Agenda

The analysis of UN75 dialogue summaries is presented along the UN75 Declaration’s 12 Commitments. Download the summary in English or French or explore individual summaries for each Commitment. UN Member States adopted “Our Common Agenda” during the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary in September 2020, as part of General Assembly Resolution 75/1 “Declaration on the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations.”

    Leave no one behind

    The next 10 years, which have been designated as the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development, will be the most critical of our generation. It is even more important as we build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. We need a strong United Nations development system and effective collaboration between the United Nations and the international financial institutions. We support the Secretary-General’s efforts and measures in this regard. We are determined to implement the 2030 Agenda in full and on time. There is no alternative. The peoples have to be at the centre of all our efforts. Particular attention must be given to people in vulnerable situations. Humanitarian access to those in need of assistance must be granted without obstacle or delay and in line with the humanitarian principles. We are guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human right treaties and instruments and will ensure the human rights and fundamental freedoms of everyone. 

    Read the report in English or in French.

    Protect out planet

    Without more determined action we will continue to impoverish our planet with less biodiversity and fewer natural resources. We will see more environmental threats and climate-related challenges, including natural disasters, drought, desertification, food shortages, water scarcity, wildfires, sea level rise and depletion of the oceans. The time to act is now. Many countries, not least small island developing States, least developed countries and landlocked developing countries, are already among the most affected. We need to adapt to the circumstances and take transformative measures. We have a historic opportunity to build back better and greener. We need to immediately curb greenhouse gas emissions and achieve sustainable consumption and production patterns in line with applicable State commitments to the Paris Agreement3 and in line with the 2030 Agenda. This cannot wait. 

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    Promote peace and prevent conflicts

    The ongoing armed conflicts and threats against international peace and security must be urgently resolved through peaceful means. We reiterate the importance of abiding by the Charter, principles of international law and relevant resolutions of the Security Council. International arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements and their architectures need to be upheld. The United Nations must better address all forms and domains of threats. Terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism are serious threats to international peace and security. The diplomatic toolbox of the Charter needs to be used to its full potential, including preventive diplomacy and mediation. We call upon the Secretary-General to enhance this toolbox to prevent the outbreak, escalation and recurrence of hostilities on land, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. We fully support and promote the Secretary-General’s initiative for a global ceasefire. International humanitarian law must be fully respected. To build, keep and sustain peace is now one of the main responsibilities of the United Nations. 

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    Abide by international law and ensure justice

    The purposes and principles of the Charter and international law remain timeless, universal and an indispensable foundation for a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. We will abide by the international agreements we have entered into and the commitments we have made. We will continue to promote respect for democracy and human rights and to enhance democratic governance and the rule of law by strengthening transparent and accountable governance and independent judicial institutions. 

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    Place women and girls at the centre

    Conflicts will not be resolved, and sustainable development not occur, without the equal and active participation of women at all levels. Human rights can never be fully upheld unless they are also enjoyed by all women and girls. Persistent gender inequalities and abuse, including sexual and gender-based violence, have deprived us of a more just and better world. We will accelerate action to achieve gender equality, women’s participation and the empowerment of women and girls in all domains.

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    Build trust

    Growing inequality within and among countries is jeopardizing our efforts to ensure the future we want. Inequality leads to mistrust between countries and to people’s mistrust in institutions of governance. It also contributes to acts of xenophobia, racism, intolerance, hate speech and disinformation. We condemn all such acts. We will address the root causes of inequalities, including violence, human rights abuses, corruption, marginalization, discrimination in all its forms, poverty and exclusion, as well as lack of education and employment. It is our responsibility. 

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      Improve digital cooperation

      Digital technologies have profoundly transformed society. They offer unprecedented opportunities and new challenges. When improperly or maliciously used, they can fuel divisions within and between countries, increase insecurity, undermine human rights and exacerbate inequality. Shaping a shared vision on digital cooperation and a digital future that show the full potential for beneficial technology usage, and addressing digital trust and security, must continue to be a priority as our world is now more than ever relying on digital tools for connectivity and socioeconomic prosperity. Digital technologies have a potential to accelerate the realization of the 2030 Agenda. We must ensure safe and affordable digital access for all. The United Nations can provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in such deliberations.  

      Read the report in English or in French.

      Upgrade the United Nations

      The world of today is very different from what it was when the United Nations was created 75 years ago. There are more countries, more people, more challenges but also more solutions. Our working methods need to keep pace and adapt. We support the ongoing reforms by the Secretary-General. They are creating a more agile, effective and accountable organization that can deliver better in the field and adapt to global challenges. We reiterate our call for reforms of three of the principal organs of the United Nations. We commit to instil new life in the discussions on the reform of the Security Council and continue the work to revitalize the General Assembly and strengthen the Economic and Social Council. The review of the peacebuilding architecture has our full support. 

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      Ensure sustainable financing

      Realizing our aspirations will require sustainable and predictable funding of the Organization. We will pay our assessed contributions in full and on time. Measures to better ensure this should be explored. We will further enhance transparency, accountability and efficient use of resources. The full and timely implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development4 is key for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Joint public-private financing plays a central role in our efforts to make the United Nations deliver better on its purposes. 

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      Boost partnerships

      Today’s challenges require cooperation not only across borders but also across the whole of society. We have to make the United Nations more inclusive and engage with all relevant stakeholders, including regional and subregional organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and parliamentarians to ensure an effective response to our common challenges. 

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      Listen to and work with youth

      Youth is the missing piece for peace and development. As we benefited from the foresight of the founders of the United Nations, young people today will have to live with the consequences of our action and inaction. For too long, the voices of youth have been sidelined in discussions about their future. This has to change now through meaningful engagement with youth. 

      Read the report in English or in French.

      Be prepared

      The COVID-19 pandemic caught us off guard. It has served as a wake-up call for improving our preparedness for not only health- related crises but also other challenges and crises. We need to strengthen international cooperation, coordination and solidarity. It is important to learn and share experiences and information to reduce risks and make our systems more resilient. While improving our global crisis prevention and response systems, there is an urgent need to accelerate development, production, as well as equitable and affordable global access to new vaccines, medicines and medical equipment. We applaud all health- care and other front-line workers who put their own safety at risk when saving others, and pledge to put people at the centre of our response. 

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      Independent, scientific public opinion polling

      Between 16 June and 20 July 2020, Edelman Intelligence conducted a scientifically sampled survey of 35,777 individuals across 36 countries. Edelman focused on multilateral principles, global challenges, views of the United Nations and how the Organization carries out its mission.

      24 countries were sampled using national representation, i.e. representative of the demographic make up in that country, and the further 12 countries were sampled using online representation, i.e. representative of those that have access to the internet. See the report below for more details. 

      Pew Research Center’s independent Summer 2020 Global Attitudes Survey focused on cross-national views of multilateral principles, perceived global threats, views of the United Nations, and how the Organization carries out its mission. Pew Research Center used data from nationally representative surveys of 14,276 adults from June 10 to Aug. 3, 2020. The full results, analysis and methodology can be viewed in their report below.

      Media Analysis

      Edelman Intelligence analysed the global media landscape (print, broadcast, online and social media) in a broad global sample of 70 countries, from May 2019 to May 2020, covering different regions, languages, geographic and population sizes, and economic and human development levels. The analysis focused on the way megatrends are covered, including the role of international cooperation and the United Nations in addressing them.

      The full methodology and sample can be viewed in their report.

      Research Mapping

      Acknowledging the substantial body of existing research and analysis globally on multilateralism, the United Nations, upgrading the United Nations and key areas of the United Nations’ work, UN75 conducted a comprehensive mapping of academic and policy research covering six languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

      The research mapping included a review of publications published in top-ranked academic journals and universities and by the top ranked think tanks. The non-exhaustive list of publications were captured in a database according to the UN75 Political Declaration Commitments (where relevant), sub-topics, author, author’s country of residence, publication date, publisher, language, and abstract.

      You can download the database of publications below, and view the full methodology in the January 2021 concluding UN75 report “Shaping our Future Together.” You can also view snapshot lists of key publications for each UN75 Declaration Commitment at the back of each Commitment summary, under “Our Common Agenda,” above.

      The UN75 data presented on this website is organized by countries, territories and areas of origin as provided by the respondents. The report uses the country and area names and methodology used for statistical processing purposes and in its publications by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The designations employed and the presentation of material on this website do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).

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