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Politics & International Relations @NCH hosts UN75 Dialogues in 2020

The Faculty of Politics and International Relations at NCH takes part in the biggest-ever global conversation on the world’s future to mark the UN 75th anniversary in 2020.

It’s your world. And your future.

So have YOUR say.

#UN75 Initiative


Shaping our Future Together

On October 24th 2019, on UN Day, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that this year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations would feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. The anniversary merits celebration as well as reflection about the successes, shortcomings and future directions, while the world around us changes rapidly and is affected by increasing challenges.

Starting in January 2020, the United Nations has held dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations through the UN75 Initiative. The aim is to is reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences. 

UN75 seeks to drive conversation in all segments of society – from classrooms to boardrooms, parliaments to village halls – and by placing special emphasis on youth and those whose voices are too often marginalized or not heard in global affairs. Students, researchers, teachers, professors, practitioners and the public in the wider community are central to the delivery of the initiative and are invited to participate regardless of their background or disciplines.

Public involvement is happening in two ways: 

1) One-minute UN75 survey

2) UN75 dialogues

One-minute UN75 survey

The UN75 one-minute survey captures people’s priorities for the future, obstacles to achieving them, and the role of global cooperation in addressing them. The survey is available in 47 languages at general survey link and, soon, through a dedicated institutional link for the New College of the Humanities.  

UN75 dialogues

The UN75 dialogues empower people from all walks of life to set the agenda by hosting and participating in conversations tailored to their communities on future priorities, challenges and global cooperation. Each dialogue is also an opportunity to encourage local action, and build greater trust between groups and sectors. Dialogues are registered and a summary of key points is submitted to UN75. The results and analysis of all data captured will be presented at the official General Assembly commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary in September 2020, and in a concluding UN75 report in January 2021.

In the first two and a half months of the UN75 initiative, over 330 dialogues in 87 countries were held, involving more than 13.3 million people in 186 Member States through dialogues, survey and online outreach, country teams and partners, as documented in the preliminary assessment of the initiative and in the FAQs. Between June and October 2020, the Faculty of Politics and International Relations will host instalments of the UN75 dialogues to offer the opportunity to students, staff and prospective applicants to take part to this initiative and inform awareness in the wider community. Stay connected for all the updates regarding dates and format of the events and be part of the millions of people engaged in this global conversation. 

The first UN75 Dialogue at NCH took place on 25 June 2020. It discussed the issue brief of Climate Change and Sustainability. The group has made a formal submission to the UN75 feedback portal. The group’s dialogue report can be found here.

The second UN75 Dialogue at NCH took place on 6 July 2020, focusing on the issue brief of ‘A New Era of Conflict and Violence’. The group’s dialogue report can be found here.

The next UN75 Dialogue at NCH took place on 22 September 2020, focusing on the UN issue brief of ‘The Impact of Digital Technology’. The group’s dialogue report can be found here.

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