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European Perspectives on Taking Forward the UN75 Declaration: From Reflection to Innovation & Action

A virtual event aimed at facilitating independent reflection as a contribution to the Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda report

4 March [email protected] 8:45 am EST

8:30-9:45 AM EST / 2:30-3:45 PM CET
ACUNS, Leiden University, Plataforma CIPÓ, Stimson Center

On 21 September 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations (UN75 Declaration), which outlines a vision and twelve distinct commitments toward enhancing international cooperation and strengthening “coordination and global governance for the common future of present and coming generations.” It tasks the Secretary-General to report back by September 2021 “with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.” In particular, the event intends to respond to the question “In marking 75 years of the United Nations, how can the results of last year’s intense reflection now be turned into action and contribute to innovation and strengthening of the world body?”

This forum seeks to provoke debate on the necessary efforts for translating the momentum generated in 2020 into tangible actions for reinvigorating and strengthening the United Nations. While maintaining a global outlook, it will consider Europe’s role and potential in mobilizing capabilities, ideas and networks needed to advance our common agenda for a UN fit for the future.


  • Mr. Volker TürkAssistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General 
  • Amb. Anna Karin EneströmPermanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and former UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator
  • Amb. Susanne BaumannFederal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control and Head of the Directorate-General for International Order, the UN and Arms Control, Federal Foreign Office of Germany
  • Ms. Kristin De PeyronDirector, Deputy Managing Director, Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues, European External Action Service
  • Ms. Sandra BrekaMember of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung


  • Ms. Fatima ZamanAdvocate at the Kofi Annan Foundation, Scholar at the Obama Foundation
  • Ms. Maiara Folly, Co-founder at Plataforma CIPÓ
  • Mr. Sebastian von Einsiedel, Senior Advisor on Internally Displaced Persons at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Moderated by

  • Dr. Richard PonzioSenior Fellow and Director, Global Governance, Justice & Security Program, Stimson Center


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