WHAT IS IT?
Following the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations in June 2020, the Secretary-General was requested to address both current and future challenges. He responded through his report Our Common Agenda, with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. This report requests for a Summit of the Future, to be held in September 2024, to come up with an action-oriented “Pact for the Future”, signed by States from all around the world to commit to a new vision to address emerging challenges, included those posed by new technologies.
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WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The Summit of the Future will be a milestone moment for the UN system and important decisions will be taken. All the tracks proposed by the Secretary-General are relevant to children and therefore any decision will have a direct or indirect impact on children’s rights and the future generations. Indeed, the ultimate goal of the Secretary General to achieve a “renewed social contract anchored in a comprehensive approach to human rights” cannot be achieved without the inclusion of children and their fundamental rights to participate into the relevant discussions and decision-making.
WHAT WILL BE THE OUTCOME AND SCOPE?
An action-oriented outcome document called the Pact for the Future will be negotiated, and endorsed by countries in the lead-up to and during the Summit. The Pact will build on the 2023 SDG Summit and will consist in:
- A Chapeau; and 5 chapters:
- Chapter I. Sustainable development and financing for development;
- Chapter II. International peace and security;
- Chapter III. Science, technology and innovation and digital cooperation;
- Chapter IV. Youth and future generations;
- Chapter V. Transforming global governance;
The Secretary-General has outlined different tracks to be considered by States in preparation for the Summit of the Future, as ultimately, States will decide the outcome of the Summit. The Secretary-General is developing Policy Briefs to inform the discussions on the different tracks:
- Future Generations
- Emergency Platform
- Youth Engagement
- Global Digital Compact (see dedicated website here)
- Beyond Gross Domestic Product
- New Agenda for Peace
- Information integrity
- International financial architecture
- Outer space
- Transforming Education
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