1. Join the world’s biggest conversation on our future at www.un75.online
This year, the United Nations turns 75. Since 1945, the UN has transformed the lives of millions of people. But today, its mission to build a better world is more urgent and more difficult than ever. We face unprecedented challenges, from the Covid-19 pandemic to the climate emergency. We need to work together like never before – across borders, sectors and generations – to overcome these crises and ensure we recover better. That is why the UN has launched the world’s largest conversation – to give people a chance to make their voices heard, and to share their hopes and fears for the future.
Take the survey, have YOUR say, and invite your networks, friends and colleagues to do the same!
2. Tune in for the first #UN75 all-female panel on megatrends 2PM EST, 26 June
On 26 June 1945, the Charter of the United Nations was signed. To mark this milestone, the UN is partnering with the Center for Global Affairs at New York University and the Group of Women Leaders on a series of all-female panel discussions on the big global trends shaping our future.
This inaugural event will focus on what role the UN can – and should – play at a time when international cooperation is needed more than ever, but multilateral institutions are politically constrained, under-resourced and – often – undermined. Can the UN reinvent itself after 75 years?
3. Watch the official UN Charter Day event 9AM EST, 26 June
The General Assembly’s official Charter Day commemoration will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST), and will have three parts:
- Solemn Charter Commemoration
This segment will start with a video looking back at the UN’s 75 years. The Principals of the main UN Charter Bodies – the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, International Court of Justice and Secretariat – will give statements, followed by the Chairs of the 5 regional groups. Reflections from other stakeholders will then be shown.
2. Interactive dialogues on the Charter’s relevance today and in the future
There will be two panel discussions on the significance of the Charter. The first will be moderated by BBC Presenter Zeinab Badawi, with contributions from Jan Eliasson (former UN Deputy Secretay-General), Graça Machel (co-founder of The Elders), Vint Cerf (Internet pioneer and Google vice-president), Lysa John (Secretary-General, CIVICUS) and Abdoulie Janneh (former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa).
The second panel will feature the Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, in conversation with Elizabeth Cousens, CEO of the UN Foundation. They will reflect on video messages provided by youth from across the world.
In between the panels, there will be a short video about the UN75 initiative, with an introduction from Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the UN’s 75th anniversary.
3. Closing Ceremony
There will be a musical performance reflecting the words of the Preamble of the UN Charter.
4. Share a selfie with the new #UN75 social media filters
Seventy-five years ago today, the Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco. We are marking this anniversary at a time of great disruption, and where global cooperation is more needed than ever. The United Nations is inviting people around the world to reaffirm their commitment to the values of the Charter – peace, development and human rights for all – by taking part in an online campaign.
For 26 June, people are encouraged to:
- Visit share.un75.online
- Take a selfie using a photo filter spelling out a keyword from the Charter, such as ‘Justice’, ‘Equality’, ‘Dignity’, and ‘Peace’
- Share it on social media platforms using the hashtag #UN75, along with the UN75 survey
This campaign will continue through to the UN’s 75th birthday on 24 October 2020. We look forward to your participation!