Awaiting us is the total digitalization of the world. This agenda goes hand in hand with the mantra “Build Back Better” which has spread like wildfire among world leaders.
Our Common Agenda contains a number of recommendations on how the UN can be reformed in order to meet the problems facing the world today. Guterres begins the report by describing the serious situation:
We are at an inflection point in history. In our biggest shared test since the Second World War, humanity faces a stark and urgent choice: a breakdown or a breakthrough. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is upending our world, threatening our health, destroying economies and livelihoods and deepening poverty and inequalities.
This is paired with other crises and problems such as climate change, water scarcity, poverty, violence and discrimination. The picture painted is a crisis of Biblical proportions. If nothing is done, exacerbated crises await in the future. The report also points to “problems” such as failure to reach consensus regarding facts, knowledge and science.
These challenges can only be addressed by an equally interconnected response, through reinvigorated multilateralism and the United Nations at the centre of our efforts.
Therefore, Guterres proposes a summit next year called the “Summit for the Future” with the aim of creating a new global consensus on what our future should look like, and what we can do to secure it.
To this end, an Advisory Committee has been appointed to “to make concrete suggestions for more effective multilateral arrangements across a range of key global issues”. These proposals will be presented at the 2023 meeting.
The panel includes representatives with links to World Economic Forum, Club of Madrid, Rockefeller Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the financial elite organization Group of 30 (founded in 1978 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation).