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Fulfilling the UN75 Declaration’s Promise Expert Series Readout #2

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Synthesis of Major Insights and Recommendations

Contributed by Plataforma CIPÓ, Stimson Center

Posted 18 June 2021

Published in collaboration with the Coalition for the UN We Need, Global Challenges Foundation/Climate Governance Commission, Group of Women Leaders, Plataforma CIPÓ, and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Background

On March 18, 2021, a consortium of independent civil society organizations took part in the second roundtable of the “​Fulfilling the UN75 Declaration Expert Series,” where thought leaders from global civil society engaged UN Missions and Secretariat officials in a candid dialogue on progress, challenges, and further measures needed to meet two of the twelve commitments presented in the ​UN75 Declaration​. This discussion, sponsored by the Coalition for the UN We Need (C4UN), Global Challenges Foundation/Climate Governance Commission, Group of Women Leaders for Change and Inclusion, Plataforma CIPÓ, the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, and the Stimson Center, addressed the UN75 Declaration commitments #2 on “We will protect our planet” and #10 on “We will boost partnerships.”
The series is intended to take stock of progress toward achieving the twelve UN75 Declaration commitments, introduce alternative institutional, policy, and normative measures for improving implementation, and consider steps for achieving such reforms, including a possible follow-on intergovernmental process as recommended in the ​Eminent Persons Open Letter signed by 49 former world leaders and UN officials. The expert series aims to contribute insights and concrete proposals for consideration in the Secretary-General’s forthcoming (​Our Common Agenda​) report—expected to be released by September 2021, prior to UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week.
The roundtable’s lead-off speakers included: María Fernanda Espinosa, Group of Women Leaders for Change and Inclusion, former President of the UN General Assembly, and former Foreign and Defense Minister of Ecuador; Maja Groff, Convener,Climate Governance Commission (moderator); Jimena Leiva Roesch, Senior Fellow and Head of Peace and Sustainable Development, International Peace Institute; Arunabha Ghosh,  CEOCouncil on Energy, Environment And Water; and Maiara Folly, Co-founder, Plataforma CIPÓ.

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