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The Summit of the Future in 2024

Multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow

Major global shocks in recent years – including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine war, and the triple planetary crisis, among others – have challenged our international institutions. Unity around our shared principles and common goals is both crucial and urgent.

The Summit of the Future is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in global governance, reaffirm existing commitments including to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Charter, and move towards a reinvigorated multilateral system that is better positioned to positively impact people’s lives. Building on the SDG Summit in 2023, Member States will consider ways to lay the foundations for more effective global cooperation that can deal with today’s challenges as well as new threats in the future.

Road to the Summit of the Future

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2015


2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda is agreed by UN Member States as a plan of action for people, planet, prosperity and peace outlined through 17 Sustainable Development Goals and related targets.

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2020

UN75 Declaration

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Member States issued the UN75 Declaration that included 12 overarching commitments along with a request that the Secretary-General report back to the General Assembly with recommendations to address current and future challenges.

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2021

Our Common Agenda

The Secretary-General responded to this call with Our Common Agenda, a wake-up call to speed up implementation of the SDGs as well as recommendations to address strategic gaps in global governance arrangements. It called for a Summit of the Future to forge a new global consensus on multilateral solutions to current and future problems.

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2023

SDG
Summit

Marking the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the SDG Summit in 2023 will be convened on 18-19 September 2023 to “mark the beginning of a new phase of accelerated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals”.

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2022-2024

Summit of the Future

Having welcomed the submission of Our Common Agenda, the General Assembly passed a resolution in 2022 (A/RES/76/307) to hold the Summit on 22-23 September 2024. Practical consultations on preparations for the Summit begin in February 2023 and a Ministerial meeting will take place this year. The Summit of the Future will build upon the SDG Summit and breathe new life into the multilateral system so that it can deliver on the promises of the United Nations Charter and the 2030 Agenda.

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2024

Pact for the Future

An action-oriented Pact for the Future will be endorsed by Heads of State/Government at the Summit, showcasing global solidarity for current and future generations.

Basis of the Summit

The 75th Anniversary of the United Nations was marked in June 2020 with a declaration by Member States that included 12 overarching commitments along with a request to the Secretary-General for recommendations to address both current and future challenges. In September 2021, the Secretary-General responded with his report, Our Common Agenda, a wake-up call to speed up the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and propel the commitments contained in the UN75 Declaration. In some cases, the proposals addressed gaps that emerged since 2015, requiring new intergovernmental agreements. The report, therefore, called for a Summit of the Future to forge a new global consensus on readying ourselves for a future that is rife with risks but also opportunities. The General Assembly welcomed the submission of the “rich and substantive” report and agreed to hold the Summit on 22-23 September 2024, preceded by a ministerial meeting in 2023. An action-oriented Pact for the Future is expected to be agreed by Member States through intergovernmental negotiations on issues they decide to take forward.

Work on the Summit has already commenced in 2023

The Secretary-General updated the General Assembly in August 2022 and February 2023 on progress relating to Our Common Agenda discussing the Summit.

He will also release a series of Policy Briefs starting in March 2023 in anticipation of Member State preparations.

Practical consultations on preparations for the Summit began in February 2023, spearheaded by co-facilitators, the Permanent Representatives of Germany and Namibia to the UN.

Meetings and consultations are taking place on a broad array of proposals, including with Member States, regional groups, the UN system, and multi-stakeholder partners.

A Ministerial meeting is planned for September 2023 to prepare for the Summit of the Future.

Intergovernmental Consultations

Intergovernmental Consultations on the Preparatory Process of the Summit of the Future led by the co-facilitators of Germany and Namibia.

 

Modalities for the Summit of the Future:

Roadmap for the Preparatory Process of the Summit of the Future (last version)

Letters from the co-facilitators:

 

Further information on mandates and the schedule of General Assembly plenary and related meetings can be found on the President of the General Assembly's website for the 77th Session.

Areas of Potential Action

Member States will ultimately decide the outcome of the Summit of the Future, but the Secretary-General has outlined an ambitious agenda for their consideration. These are further elaborated in the Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda Policy Briefs.

Member States may also elect to include in the Pact ideas and proposals from the forthcoming report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism.