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

On the occasion of the UN 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN75 Declaration that 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.” The document 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.”

With the goal of facilitating an independent reflection that contributes to the recommendations to be submitted by the Secretary-General, Plataforma CIPÓ, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Stimson Center, Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS), and Leiden University are pleased to invite you to our event to answer the following question: “In marking 75 years of the United Nations, how can last year’s period of intense reflection now contribute to a period of intense implementation, innovation, and strengthening of the world body?”

This event aims to provoke debate on the necessary efforts for translating the momentum generated in 2020 into tangible actions for reinvigorating and strengthening the United Nations, including in relation to climate global governance. 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 Türk, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General
  • Amb. Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and former UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator
  • Amb. Susanne Baumann, Federal 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. Lotte Knudsen, Managing Director for Human Rights, Global & Multilateral Issues, European External Action Service


  • Ms. Fatima Zaman, Advocate 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 Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Global Governance, Justice & Security Program, Stimson Center

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

  • March 4, 2021
  • 10:30-11:45 (Brasília) / 2:30-3:45 PM CET
  • Zoom Webinar

Plataforma CIPÓhttps://plataformacipo.org/
Plataforma CIPÓ is an independent, women-led policy institute focusing on climate, governance, and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean and, more generally, the Global South.



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