June 2019

To do a better job of preventing armed conflict and helping its victims, avoiding runaway climate change, averting cross-border economic shocks, and harnessing the ideas, networks, and capabilities of governments, civil society, and the private sector, the world needs a new kind of leadership and vision, combined with new norms, tools, and institutions.

In response, the newly released An Innovation Agenda for UN 75 – which updates the analysis and prioritizes the recommendations from the 2015 report of the Albright-Gambari Commission and its companion volume, Just Security in an Undergoverned World – offers 20 global ideas for the United Nations’ 75th anniversary and Leaders Summit, in 2020, with the goal of renewing and invigorating our system of global governance to better meet twenty-first-century threats, challenges, and opportunities.

The new report presents a bold, yet practical “Roadmap to 2020” designed to mobilize a wide range of actors and constituencies and to produce results at the intersection of global security and justice – preventing violent extremism, mitigating and adapting to climate change, governing our hyperconnected global economy, and safeguarding human rights – to make the world a little more just and secure.

“The international institutions built since 1945 to help nations manage and resolve their problems peacefully—and together—are being weakened to a degree not seen since their founding. Yet dealing with global issues calls for policies and actions beyond the writ or capabilities of any one state.”

Foreword to An Innovation Agenda for UN75 (2019), Madeleine Albright and Ibrahim Gambari

The report is intended to complement the advocacy efforts of civil society organizations such as the UN 2020 initiative and Together First campaign and encourages governments and the UN system to consider its recommendations in the run-up to the world body’s 75th anniversary.

An Innovation Agenda for UN 75 was initially presented at the Global Policy Dialogue on “Global Security, Justice, and Economic Institutions” organized earlier this month at the Stimson Center, which enjoyed contributions from the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mrs. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, Chair of the World Refugee Council and former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy, UN 75 Special Advisor and Under-Secretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild, Qatari MFA Director of Policy and Planning Dr. Khalid Al-Khater, EU Ambassador to the UN João Vale de Almeida, and Ugandan Ambassador to the UN Adonia Ayebare, among other leaders and experts.




  • Podcast: Common Home Conversation with Richard Ponzio

    Dr. Richard Ponzio, Director of the Just Security 2020 Program at the Stimson Center, joined the Planetary Podcast team to discuss the UN’s role in addressing the climate crisis. The interview is part of Common Home Conversations: Beyond UN75, a podcast series featuring leading global experts on how the proposal of recognizing the existence of … Continued

  • Registration Open for the UN75 Global Governance Forum

    On September 16th and 17th (with community-driven sessions to follow on Sept. 18th), we will gather virtually to honor the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

  • United Nations and Global Leaders to participate in the UN75 Global Governance Forum

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  • Regional Dialogues and other UN75 Contributions

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  • Dialogue Summary: UN75 Regional Dialogue for the Americas

    Toward Innovation and Renewal of Regional and Global Governance An open conversation about the future of multilateralism and its impact at the global, regional, and national levels in the Americas. Co-sponsored by: The Stimson Center, Organization of American States, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Global Challenges Foundation, Igarapé Institute, Adelphi, Together … Continued


  • Doha Global Policy Dialogue seeks to advance Preventive Action and Sustaining Peace efforts on the Road to 2020

    On 17 December 2018 in Doha, Qatar, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, the Stimson Center, and the Doha Forum convened the Global Policy Dialogue on Preventive Action, Sustaining Peace, and Global Governance, which coincided with the 18th edition of the Doha Forum from 15 to 16 … Continued

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    An initiative of Stimson, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the United States Institute of Peace, this roundtable — held on 17 January 2019 at the Stimson Center — brought together former and current U.S. government and UN officials, scholars, policy analysts, activists, and practitioners to … Continued

  • Just Security in an Undergoverned World

    Just Security in an Undergoverned World examines how humankind can manage global problems to achieve both security and justice in an age of antithesis. Global connectivity is increasing, visibly and invisibly-in trade, finance, culture, and information-helping to spur economic growth, technological advance, and greater understanding and freedom, but global disconnects are growing as well. Ubiquitous electronics … Continued