Join the UN75 Conversation: Here’s How!
It’s our world. And our future. So it’s time for everyone, everywhere to talk about what we want our future to be.
To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations has launched an ambitious initiative to give voice to the public and crowdsource priorities and solutions to the challenges we face.
In a world of dramatic changes and complex problems, from the Covid-19 pandemic to the climate crisis, we need collective action more than ever before. Through UN75, the United Nations is asking people to put their heads together to define how we can recover better from the pandemic, and realize a better world by 2045, the UN’s 100th birthday.
At this pivotal moment in history, UN75 asks three big questions:
Anyone can join the conversation. The UN wants to listen to as many people as possible, with a special focus on marginalised communities and those whose voices aren’t often heard in such consultations, including our critics.
In parallel, the UN is conducting formal surveys and media analysis to provide statistically representative data and insights into conversation trends.
Consolidated views and ideas will be presented to world leaders in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the 75th anniversary.
For the United Nations, UN75 will be a year of listening and learning. UN organizations, country teams and key stakeholders will have pivotal roles in taking three actions:
This toolkit shows how to get the conversation started.
Mark your calendars: A timeline for UN75
24th Oct 2019
2nd Jan 2020
26th June 2020
UN Charter Day
21st Sept 2020
24th Oct 2020
UN Day Close
31st Dec 2020
Bring together diverse groups, especially those not often heard, to shape a new global dialogue.
Starting late 2019, all UN country offices can gear up for UN75. There is no time to waste: As many people as possible should participate in shaping our hopes and ideas for the future.
Anyone can get involved in UN75. Some general categories of participants include:
Some tips for making dialogues successful
Open channels for people to talk and be heard!
As the biggest-ever global conversation, UN75 will amplify the voices of people in communities, schools, cities, boardrooms and parliaments, across countries and generations. As people imagine future scenarios based on their own experiences and perspectives, they will source solutions for collective action.
How to join us?
There are several ways to join the conversation, from a social media campaign to a simple one-minute survey to a more formal focus group discussion.
Some potential options include:
Framing Questions to spark the conversation
Tips for moderators
In informal conversations as well as more structured focus groups, a moderator plays a crucial role. Some broad guiding principles are:
Resources to get started
Check these short fact sheets to refresh on some of the most pressing issues from the UN75 team:
Provide feedback, and share and advocate solutions.
Connecting people and amplifying their voices leads to one primary goal: inspire action for a better future. The ideas generated during UN75 are expected to:
- Inform public debate
- Be taken up by national and international decision-makers
- Inspire broader civic engagement
- Deepen global cooperation
Each conversation is an opportunity to encourage individuals to take actions in their own lives, in line with what they have heard and learned.
Both formal and informal dialogues can yield insights and evidence that national and international organizations can apply. Findings may inspire new programmes, investments, partnerships and campaigns, among other options.
A global platform to illustrate key outcomes of discussions is being developed by the UN75 team.
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 United Nations General Assembly in September 2020.
The feedback form is available at: http://feedback.un75.online/
Documenting the evidence
Documenting dialogues makes them credible and shareable at different levels, and provides evidence for action. Some typical forms of documentation include:
- Data on who participated and how they were selected
- Relevant demographics
- Video and audio recordings with testimonials from people who have participated
- Photos and/or stories generated from the consultation
- Social media data
- Reports from rapporteurs
- An analytical summary with key findings
For formal focus groups, the moderator form allows information to be centrally recorded and analysed. People taking part in conversations of all kinds can provide feedback via their moderator or at the UN75 website.
Validating the results
Both feedback forms and the UN75 website will offer opportunities to validate results and raise suggestions or concerns regarding the process.
Validating findings can also involve other simple steps, such as sharing meeting reports or survey results, and requesting additional inputs. Some validation can take place during focus groups and meetings by using visual methods for instant feedback on what participants are saying.
Communicating far and wide
Compelling communications will be critical throughout UN75, within individual consultations as well as on all forms of media. People’s faces and stories will make the issues come fully alive, influencing public debates that can galvanize action. In documenting and validating dialogues, keep track of people, stories and social media threads most likely to make an impact. Work with communications teams to make best use of their power to influence.
For reference and to build out national communication strategies, see the global communication strategy and UN75 communication assets.