Strong Urge for Member States to Increase International Collaboration at the Commemoration of the UN's 75th Anniversary

News | 21 September 2020
The UN commemorated its 75 anniversary during the UN General Assembly high-level week, under the theme, “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism." The General Assembly meeting presented the outcomes of the UN75 initiative - the world's largest conversation, launched in January 2020 to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions to global challenges - and discuss how to take forward the findings for building a better world for all. Nearly 1 million people, in all 193 UN Member States, have taken the UN75 survey, and more than 1,000 dialogues have been held in 82 countries. The results have been compiled in a UN75 report, highlighting that people in all regions would like to see improved access to basic services, greater international solidarity, increased respect for human rights and more effective tackling of poverty.
Joint ILO-UN history and overview of shared policy objectives ambitions - "United Nations at 75 - The Enduring Strength of Multilateralism"

As the UN is facing one of the most significant challenges in its history, COVID-19, there is an urgent need for increased multilateral efforts. Many member States praised the progress made by the UN since the end of the second World War, but noted that more needed to be done, particularly on the threat of climate change and the unrealized goal of gender equality. Member States' pledged to strengthen international cooperation in the Declaration on the Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the UN, which also expresses member States commitment to protect the planet, promote peace and ensure justice. In his remarks, the Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, stressed the need for an inclusive multilateralism, drawing on civil society, cities, businesses, local authorities and young people. To recover from the COVID-19 socio-economic crisis and define the future of multilateralism, more cooperation and more inclusive processes are needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Message from the ILO Director-General, Mr. Guy Ryder, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary

Joint ILO-UN history