Our Common Agenda

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The Our Common Agenda report, issued on 10 September 2021, represented Secretary-General António Guterres's vision on the future of global cooperation. It called for inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism to better respond to humanity’s most pressing challenges. It was issued in response to the request contained in the UN75 Declaration (General Assembly resolution 75/1) for the Secretary-General to report back to the General Assembly with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.

Legislative history

  • General Assembly resolution 76/6 of 15 November 2021
    Welcomed the Our Common Agenda report, requested the Secretary-General to engage in broad consultations with Member States, and requested the President of the General Assembly to initiate a process of follow-up.
  • General Assembly resolution 76/306 of 8 September 2022
    Established the United Nations Youth Office, as proposed in Our Common Agenda.
  • General Assembly resolution 76/307 of 8 September 2022
    Decided to hold the Summit of the Future on 22 and 23 September 2024 and to convene a preparatory ministerial meeting on 18 September 2023.

High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism

The Secretary-General appointed the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism (HLAB) to build on the ideas in Our Common Agenda and provide suggestions on ways to improve governance of key issues of global concern.

HLAB issued its report on 18 April 2023.

Policy briefs

Five informal thematic consultations were convened in 2022[1] following the adoption of resolution 76/6. During these consultations, the Secretary-General was requested to elaborate on several aspects of the report, which is being done through the issuance of eleven separate policy briefs.

  1. Policy brief 1: to think and act for future generations
  2. Policy brief 2: strengthening the international response to complex global shocks – an Emergency Platform
  3. Policy brief 3: meaningful youth engagement in policymaking and decision-making processes
  4. Policy brief 4: valuing what counts — progress beyond gross domestic product
  5. Policy brief 5: a Global Digital Compact: an open, free and secure digital future for all
  6. Policy brief 6: reforms to the international financial architecture
  7. Policy brief 7: for all humanity – the future of outer space governance
  8. Policy brief 8: information integrity on digital platforms
  9. Policy brief 9: a new agenda for peace
  10. Policy brief 10: transforming education
  11. Policy brief 11: UN 2.0 — forward-thinking culture and cutting-edge skills for better United Nations system impact

Summit of the Future

As indicated in resolution 76/307, the Summit of the Future will adopt a concise, action-oriented outcome titled "A Pact for the Future" agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations. Germany and Namibia were appointed on 18 October 2022 as co-facilitators of intergovernmental preparatory process of the Summit.

Several specific elements to be agreed during the Summit for the Future have dedicated negotiation processes, as follows:

  • Declaration for Future Generations, coordinated by Netherlands and Fiji (appointed 6 June 2022)
  • Global Digital Compact, coordinated by Rwanda and Sweden (appointed 27 October 2022)